03 June 2015

A Jewish Cemetery That is only Accessible 2 Times a Year!


We often talk about access to cemeteries, or just as often, lack of access to cemeteries. Most often it’s a case where the cemetery is on private land, in a church cemetery with limited access, etc. Earlier this year we blogged about Hart Island – NYC’s Public Burial Ground – Over 1 Million Burials – Trying to Reveal Their Stories.

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Beth Olem Cemetery is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate.

Yet surrounding it on all sides is an unusual neighbor: a massive automotive plant.

The serene, green oasis is enveloped by the steel and concrete structures and grounds of General Motors Co.'s Detroit Hamtramck Plant, which makes Chevrolet Volts, Cadillacs and other cars. To maintain plant security, public access to the cemetery is limited to a couple days a year ...

Read the full article and watch the short video clip here to learn more about this fascinating cemetery which handled burials from the 1860s through the 1940s.

FindaGrave does list some of those interred in the cemetery.

Do you know of a cemetery located in a challenging location?

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