Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia)

Mount Carmel Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was established in the mid-1800s.[2] The earliest recorded burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery was in 1832. The cemetery was mainly a burial site for Jewish immigrants from Russia.[1]

Mount Carmel Cemetery
Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia) is located in Pennsylvania
Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia)
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Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia) is located in the United States
Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia)
Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Philadelphia) (the United States)
Details
Location
Frankford Avenue and Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
Typeprivate
Size5 acres
No. of graves8,000[1]
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The management of the cemetery was taken over by nearby Har Nebo Cemetery.[3]

DesecrationEdit

The cemetery was desecrated in October 1982 by semi-literate vandals who knocked about 100 headstones over, left empty beer bottles, and marked a headstone with two swastikas and "Hile Hitler"(sic).[2]

"Wave of Anti Semitic Threats Puts US Jewish Community on Edge" news report from Voice of America March 23, 2017

The cemetery was desecrated again by vandals in February 2017 who knocked over 250 plus headstones.[2][4] The repairs from 2017 were never completed. As of July 2020, the cemetery lies a state of extreme disrepair and neglect.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fazlollah, Mark. "For vandalized cemetery, a long history of decline". www.inquirer.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Farr, Stephanie (February 26, 2017). "'Beyond belief': 75-100 headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mount Carmel Cemetery". www.findagrave.com.
  4. ^ Ellis, Ralph (February 27, 2017). "Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized; 2nd incident in a week". CNN. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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