via City of Newport

The history of one of Newport’s most notable public sites will come into focus this summer as members of the City’s Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission volunteer to provide guided tours of Newport’s Common Burying Ground. 

The tours, which kick off on Saturday June 29th, will take place through August departing at 10 a.m. every Saturday from the Warner Street entrance at Burnside Avenue.  

The focus of the tour will be stones carved in the 1700s, many of which came from the John Stevens Shop on Thames Street. 

A highlight of the visit will be God’s Little Acre, the largest collections of gravestones for people of African heritage in Colonial New England. The recent work of the City in conserving these important historic artifacts will also be shared. 

For more information, feel free to contact the Newport Historic Cemetery Commission with questions at npthistoriccemeteries@gmail.com. A self guided tour is also available for visitors by using the information posted at the Warner Street or Farewell Street (southern) entrance.

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