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U.S. May Declare First New York Jewish Cemetery a National Landmark

The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue is negotiating with the U. S. Interior Department’s National Park Service to have its ancient Jewish.

The cemetery has a plaque calling it the “First Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Shearith Israel, in the City of New York.” The official New York City Guide says the cemetery was purchased in 1682 by a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who fled to New Amsterdam after the Spanish Inquisition.

Harmon H. Goldstone, a member of the congregation, reported on the negotiations. The cemetery contains the graves of some Jews who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.