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Friday, May 2, 2014

St. Michael Cemetery Walking Tour

On Saturday I attended a brief walking tour of St. Michael Cemetery with a group of genealogy friends and colleagues from the Boston University Genealogy program. The tour of St. Michael Cemetery adjoined our tour of Forest Hills Cemetery, as the two cemeteries face each other across Walk Hill Street in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Boston.

St. Michael Cemetery was established in 1905 to serve the burial needs of the ever-growing Italian population of the Boston area. It was the deep wish of the Italian community to have a burial ground that preserved their cultural traditions.

We walked through the main gate of St. Michael and visited several of the beautiful memorial statues that adorn the cemetery. Each monument reveals the deep religious faith of the Italian community buried within its grounds.

I have many memories of visiting this cemetery during my childhood and adulthood, as my own dear grandparents Vincenzo and Antonetta are buried in this cemetery.

For additional information about St. Michael Cemetery please visit their website at http://www.stmichaelcemetery.com.


  1. I guess I missed the Tory tour? Anyway, this is a wonderful cemetery with fabulous monuments; I'm especially interested in what you heard about the Zerella monument carving. Many thanks, Carol!

    1. Hi Sharon! The Tory Row Walking Tour post is in progress and will be ready for viewing shortly. I took the picture of the Zerella monument because it appears to be a picture of St. Michael attacking Satan. The photograph harmonizes with the religious themes of the cemetery by depicting the cemetery's namesake. Thank you for stopping by!