Common Burying Ground Map

Common Burying Ground Mapping Project

Rebecca Soules, 2012 Buchanan-Burnham intern, created the prototype for a digital map of Newport’s Common Burying Ground that will mark and identify gravestones within the burying ground. With over 7,900 gravestones, some dating back to the 1660s, the Common Burying Ground is the largest colonial-era cemetery in Newport. Thus far, approximately 700 out of the 7,900 gravestones have been added to the map.

Primarily intended to map religious affiliation within the burying ground, each of the icons on the map is color-coded according to the deceased’s religious affiliation:

  • White: Religious Affiliation Unknown
  • Red: Trinity Church (Anglican/Episcopalian)
  • Blue: 1st Baptist Church
  • Purple: 2nd Baptist Church
  • Turquoise: 7th Day Baptist Church
  • Yellow: 1st Congregational Church
  • Green: 2nd Congregational Church
  • Grey: United Brethren Church (Moravian)
  • Brown: Society of Friends (Quaker)