|Location||Newark, New Jersey|
|Size||150-acre (0.61 km2) |
|No. of graves||150,000 |
|Find a Grave||Fairmount Cemetery|
|The Political Graveyard||Fairmount Cemetery|
Fairmount Cemetery is a 150-acre (0.61 km2) Victorian cemetery in the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey, in the neighborhood of Fairmount. It opened in 1855, shortly after the Newark City Council banned burials in the central city due to fears that bodies spread yellow fever. The first burial in Fairmount Cemetery was a 24-year-old man named Lewis J. Pierson. Fairmount is still accepting interments.
Along with Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Fairmount has the graves of Newark's most eminent turn of the century citizens, including Clara Maass, who gave her life in the investigation of yellow fever. A high proportion of the graves belong to German families. Fairmount Cemetery includes large trees, rolling hills, and intricately carved monuments. Featured near the old South Orange Avenue entrance is the recently restored zinc Settlers' Monument, commemorating the founders of Newark. There is also a Civil War memorial. The modern entrance to Fairmount Cemetery is on Central Avenue.
Fairmount Cemetery was founded in the fall of 1854. It is located between Central Avenue and South Orange Avenue, and also between South Twelfth and South Eighteenth Streets in Newark, New Jersey. It was incorporated on February 9, 1855 by a special act of the New Jersey Legislature. Fairmount Cemetery has continued as a public, not-for profit, and non-sectarian cemetery from 1855 to the present. All of its income is devoted to the care, beautification and welfare of its grounds and buildings. The first burial in Fairmount Cemetery was a 24-year-old man named Lewis J. Pierson. Today, there are approximately 150,000 burials in the cemetery.
Fairmount Cemetery was opened and incorporated on February 9, 1855 as a non-sectarian, non-profit organization to serve the community. The land was reportedly purchased from the First Presbyterian Church by some of the most influential and respected citizens of Newark. 1927 saw the opening of the Fairmount Memorial Mausoleum. The Fairmount Crematory opened in 1984.