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Newport Colonial Jewish Burying Ground Opens for visitors
August 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The public is invited to a once a year opportunity to visit the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at Kay St, Touro St. and Bellevue Avenue from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, August 16. A $5 donation per person is requested.
This historic site, immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus, features Egyptian revival entrance and grave stones 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 as well as 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 about the site. Visitors are required to wear masks.
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