Gethsemane Cemetery
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Gethsemane Cemetery
Gethsemane Cemetery
Gethsemane Cemetery is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Gethsemane Cemetery
Gethsemane Cemetery is located in New Jersey
Gethsemane Cemetery
Gethsemane Cemetery is located in the United States
Gethsemane Cemetery
Location360-370 Liberty Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey
Coordinates40°51?20?N 74°2?29?W / 40.85556°N 74.04139°W / 40.85556; -74.04139Coordinates: 40°51?20?N 74°2?29?W / 40.85556°N 74.04139°W / 40.85556; -74.04139
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference #94000330[1]
NJRHP #549[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 20, 1994
Designated NJRHPFebruary 24, 1994

The Gethsemane Cemetery is located in Little Ferry, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States on an acre on a sandy hill just off U.S. Route 46 and Liberty Street. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 1994.


Gethsemane (Greek , Geths?mani Hebrew: , Aramaic: ?, Gath-?mânê, Assyrian , Gat ?m?nê, lit. "oil press") is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, most famous as the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion.


The cemetery was opened in 1860 as a burial ground for nearby African-American residents. In 1901 the cemetery was turned over to seven African-American trustees and incorporated as Gethsemane Cemetery.[3] Over 500 people were buried in less than an acre of land. The last burial occurred in 1924. Bergen County took over the maintain of the cemetery in 1985 and dedicated it as a County Historic Site. Fewer than 50 gravestones remain intact.[4]

Notable burials

  • Elizabeth Sutliff Dulfer, (d.1880) - former slave, owned second largest clay company at the time.
  • Peter Billings - Civil War veteran
  • Silas M. Carpenter - Civil War veteran

See also

External links


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Bergen County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. July 7, 2009. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Gethsamene Cemetery". Bergen County Parks. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Black History Month". The Meadowlands Blog. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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