|721 Locust Lane|
Postal Code: 40217
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Jewish graveyard on Preston Street actually contains several cemeteries, each maintained by different congregations. Anshei Sfard Cemetery is located at 721 Locust Lane, just around the corner from Preston Street. Although large and well-maintained, this cemetery, with a dumpster visible in the driveway and views of an industrial area and the Fairgrounds across the street, is not visually appealing. The gravestones at Anshei Sfard, though, are in remarkably good shape. Only the very oldest are cracked, or starting to grow moss. Only two were knocked over. While the writing is fading on some stones, I was still able to read gravestones dating back to 1898. The gravestones at Anshei Sfard are fairly uniform. Most of the gravestones at Anshei Sfard are large and impressive, of gray stone, with the standard shape being a square on a base. Perhaps this shape, with a flat top, is customary in order to facilitate the Jewish tradition of placing a rock on the top of the gravestone to honor the dead. In addition to the names and dates of birth and death, almost every gravestone in this cemetery is adorned with the Star of David. Nearly all have inscriptions written in Hebrew. Several gravestones have photographs of the deceased, which is a nice touch. Many of the children’s stones here are very small, just about the size of a brick. The care and attention evident here is reflective of the importance that Jewish people place on showing respect for the dead and providing comfort to the living. (Ellen White; May 2014).