Malden,  May 11 2018

Frank Russell leads May 19 tours of historic Salem Street Cemetery

  The Malden Historical Society invites the public to join Frank Russell on a walking tour of the historic Salem Street Cemetery on Saturday, May 19. Two tours will begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Anyone interested in joining should meet at the entrance to the cemetery.

Few people know more about Malden cemeteries than Frank Russell, who has been working on an application to include the Salem Street Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to learning about some of the interesting early Maldonians interred in the cemetery, visitors will hear about the cemetery’s history and some of the interesting facts Russell uncovered in the course of his research.

Salem Street Cemetery is Malden’s second-oldest cemetery and was purchased in 1832. The earliest gravestone is that of Mary Alice Pickering, who died on October 4, 1832. This burial ground is also the resting place of Revolutionary War heroes Captain Joseph Cheever and Michael Neagles, as well as of members of many of Malden’s early prominent families, including Tufts, Corey, Cox, Faulkner, Waitt and Pratt.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Malden Historical Society can visit www.maldenhistoricalsociety.org or email info@maldenhistoricalsociety.org.

The cemetery tour is Malden’s offering this year in the Freedom’s Way Heritage Association’s Hidden Treasures series. For more information about the Association and other Hidden Treasures in the region, visit www.freedomsway.org.

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