2018-08-09 / News Briefs

Annual Opening of Burying Ground

The public will have a once-a-year opportunity to visit the Colonial Jewish Burying Ground located at Kay Street, Touro Street and Bellevue Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This historic site immortalized in poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emma Lazarus features the Egyptian revival entrance and gravestones for Newport's first Jewish community. This is the final resting place of Aaron Lopez, one of the wealthiest men in Colonial Newport, 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 on hand to answer questions and provide additional information about the site. This is a free event.

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