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This was the graveyard of the original RC Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, known as St. Mary's Church in its early days. Established in 1841, St. Mary's/Mount Carmel was the second Catholic Church in Queens (after St. Monicas, est. 1838). Its graveyard was among the earliest burial places in Queens for Irish immigrants.

Irish Echo, Saturday, December 6, 1975, "Old Cemetery in Deplorable State". This article helped to effect a renovation of the cemetery after years of vandalism and neglect.
Please note that the situation has changed considerably since its publication. Today the cemetery is maintained and protected by the Brooklyn Diocese.

The Astoria Historical Society site posts this 1998 article by Elaine Machleder.

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INSCRIPTIONS
Maps and transcriptions are from a supplement volume to "Description of Private and Family Cemeteries in the Borough of Queens" published by Queens Borough Public Library (1975).

The document shows the gravestones still in existence in 1935, when this project transcribed all the readable inscriptions, several of which identified the county of origin of the interred.

PHOTOS
The graveyard as it exists today. Digital photos taken in 1998 by Jim Garrity.

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July 2005, Patty Fagan at pfagan@compuserve.com
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