Colonial Jewish Cemetery of Rhode Island

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Colonial Jewish Cemetery of Rhode Island

Also known as Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Newport #13, Touro Cemetery

Kay and Touro Streets
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
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Owner: Touro Synagogue, 40 Truro Street, Newport, RI 02840 (401) 847-4794 First Jewish cemetery in Rhode Island. The Hebrew congregation was formed in 1658 in Newport.

This cemetery of the ancient Hebrew congregation was acquired in the year 1677. Here The inscriptions on the stones are in Hebrew, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish and English. In 1820 Mr. Abraham Touro, then a resident of Boston, visited Newport and gave directions for the erection of a brick wall, which for many years afforded ample protection to the cemetery which had fallen into decay over the preceeding years. In 1842 his brother Judah Touro, a resident of New Orleans, caused the grounds to be put in perfect order, and replaced the brick wall with the present substantial fence. At his death he bequeathed a considerable sum in trust to the city of Newport for the perpetual care of this cemetery. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow mentions this beneficence in his poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport": "Gone are the living, but the dead remain,/ And not neglected for a hand unseen,/ Scattering its bounty, like a summer rain,/ Still keeps their graves and their remembrance green"


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GPS Coordinates: 41.48793, -71.30936

  • Added: 3 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1877873