a place of memory

It’s not often that you find a cemetery in a city centre. Saint John’s Loyalist Burial Ground is in the middle of the uptown core, a short walk from the mall and the boardwalk, the busy uptown streets and bustling port. This historic burying ground is full of memory, providing a tantalizing glimpse of the people who settled here and began to build this city more than two centuries ago. It is a welcome antidote to the escalating demands of our consumer culture, a momento mori that invites us to pay attention to what truly matters, to consider our deepest desires. Take a moment to stroll with me along these shady paths, stopping to read a few headstones along the way.

Taken on September 5, 2010


4 thoughts on “a place of memory

  1. Some cemeteries are very peaceful. There is one caught in a tangle of 401 arteries that always makes me wince. Do you know the oldest marker in this graveyard? Saint John must have some of the earliest pioneers.

    • I remember seeing a highway-encircled cemetery just at the junction of the 410 and 401 — is that the one you’re referring to — I had meant to try and get a photo sometime…

      Your question made me curious, so I looked up more information on the Loyalist Burial Ground. The oldest marker belongs to Conradt Hendricks, a member of the New Jersey Volunteers, who died on July 13th, 1784. And to update my earlier reply, apparently the Burial Ground was closed as a cemetery in 1848.

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