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This cemetery dates back to the late 17th Century. Memorials are typically written in Hebrew, Portuguese, and English. Many of the markers have large "S" with a smaller uppercase "A" at the top ["Sepultura"] and "S A G D G" ["Su Alma Goze da Gloria"] at the bottom in large uppercase letters. Many markers also have an image of a hand reaching down from the clouds wielding an axe which is chopping down a tree (which typically indicates a life which ended too soon), and some have an image of a pair of open hands with fingers spread apart (which indicates a Cohen, a descendant of a temple priest).
The Jamaica National Heritage Trust declared the Old Jewish Cemetery a national monument on July 15, 1993.
The cemetery is not marked from the road and is no longer in use. To get to the cemetery, head northwest on the Spanish Town Road from the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive, Hagley Park Road, and Spanish Town Road. Take the 3rd road on the left. You are driving through a very humble neighborhood. Follow the road less than a mile, there will be a high wall on your right. When the wall ends, park the car and follow the trail to the right about 1/4 mile.