Cemetery notes and/or description: Bohemian National Cemetery was founded in 1877 by immigrants of Bohemian, Moravian and Slovakian descent, to provide a place of burial free of religious restrictions for Bohemian-Americans. Today, the cemetery is available for people of all races, nationalities and religions.
Originally located in the township of Jefferson (annexed to the city of Chicago in 1889), the land for the cemetery was purchased by Bohemian societies of Chicago in the spring of 1877. The first burial, a baby named N. Brada, took place on July 1, 1877. The cemetery officially opened in September, and the first public funeral was held on November 1, 1877.
The cemetery covers 122 acres of land. The Crematorium/Columbarium were added in 1913, and the Masaryk Memorial Mausoleum was added in 1959. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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Closed New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day