2016-08-18 / Faith Community

Colonial Jewish Burying Ground Opens

The public is invited to a once-a-year opportunity to walk the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at the intersection of Kay, Touro and Bellevue, on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This historic site immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus features an Egyptian revival entrance and gravestones for Newport’s first Jewish community. While the majority of the stones are in the same style as other Colonial stones in New England, many are lettered in Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, Ladino and English. This is the final resting place of one of the wealthiest men in Colonial Newport, Aaron Lopez, and Moses Sexias, the author of the letter that welcomed George Washington to the city in 1790 and prompted his historic response. Guides will be at the burying ground to answer questions and provide additional information.

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