Cincinnati's Little-known Historic Cemeteries

Cemeteries serve many purposes. They honor loved ones, commemorate lives and record history. They offer genealogical and historical insights into a common past. While Spring Grove is Cincinnati’s most well-known cemetery, there are many others with unique stories. WVXU visits three final resting places for civil war veterans, Cincinnati pioneers and early Jewish residents of Cincinnati.

For more fascinating cemetery stories, visit NPR's Dead Stop: Road Trip Map.

Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Cincinnati's Historic Cemeteries

Chestnut St Cemetery
Tana Weingartner/WVXU

    

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Local News
12:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Union Baptist Cemetery and its black Civil War heroes

Gates to Union Baptist Cemetery, final resting place of black Civil War soldiers.
Michael E. Keating

Union Baptist Cemetery is tucked away in a quiet spot off Cleves-Warsaw Road in Covedale. It’s the oldest Baptist African-American cemetery in Cincinnati, run by the oldest black Baptist congregation in the city.

It’s also a monument to about 120 free black men. During the Civil War, they took up arms and fought as soldiers against a Confederate army that would have kept their people in bondage.

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cemetery
7:21 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Pioneer Cemetery is clue to Cincinnati founders

Pioneer Cemetery is where some of the very first settlers to the area, including ones who fought in the Revolutionary War, are buried.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Cincinnati's earliest roots trace back to what is now a cemetery.

Memorial Pioneer Cemetery,  the oldest cemetery in Hamilton County and the second oldest in Ohio, is hard to find even if you're looking for it. It's tucked away, small sign and all, across from Lunken Airport.  That's where Cincinnati Park Board naturalist Michael George is waiting. 

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Cemetery Series
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Where is the oldest Jewish cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains?

The Chestnut St Cemetery is a tiny refuge just north of busy Downtown Cincinnati.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Just a few blocks behind Music Hall, tucked in a tiny alcove behind a large, leafy tree in the West End lays an unassuming collection of worn gray headstones. Enclosed by ivy-covered brick walls and a chain-link fence, the Chestnut Street Cemetery sits almost hidden from the world. But this small plot of land is actually quite historic.
 

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