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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery is Newark's grandest Catholic cemetery. Parts of Holy Sepulchre are in East Orange, as is its formal address, but two-thirds of the cemetery is in Newark, and most of the interred were Newark residents. Conlan


Click Here to see Holy Sepulchre's Location - 125 Central Avenue, East Orange, NJ

Holy Sepulchre was opened in 1859 and was also called the Bishop's Cemetery, in contrast to a simple parish graveyard. It is the cemetery one sees from the Garden State Parkway. Holy Sepulchre had to be cut for the construction of tha thruway and hundreds of graves were moved.


Compared to the neighboring Jewish cemeteries, Holy Sepulchre is emaculately maintained, with weeded lawns, pruned trees, and well-oiled, locking gates. Although the cemetery is nearly full, it is not abandoned, as the Archdiocese of Newark genuinely does remember its deceased parishioners.


There are no tombs in Holy Sepulchre that equal the Dryden mausoleum at Mt. Pleasant cemetery or the Krueger mausoleum at Fairmount, but there are a large number of impressive grave markers here nonetheless. In terms of historic personages, a Seton Hall University student may recognize a few names here from buildings on his own campus.


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Seton Hall University were founded at approximately the same time and on the same amount of land. Regrettably for Newark, the jobs and revenue rich university were founded in the suburbs, and the jobs and revenue poor cemetery was founded in the city. The suburban location has worked out well for Seton Hall (compare Seton Hall to Upsala), but badly for the low-income neighborhood of Fairmount.


Some modern visitors to Victorian cemeteries may believe that each statue is unique - this is not true, unless the statue was made to order. Most statues were presumably bought at a monument store. The similarity between various statues is stronger than a situation of recurring motifs. Notice how similar the Heil and McKeon monuments are.

McKeon Heil



Holy Sepulchre has identical statues of moustachioed, well dressed men. A somewhat seductive statue of a woman lying down is reproduced exactly at Fairmount.




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Links Cemeteries of the Newark Archdiocese Bibliography

Charles F. Cummings. 2001. Cemeteries and churches proclaim faiths of West Ward - Knowing Newark. Star-Ledger July 19, Essex Section.

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