What Is the Significance of Mt. Olivet Cemetery?


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Mt. Olivet Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Detroit, containing over 300 acres of lawns and gardens. The cemetery houses dozens of private family mausoleums and hundreds of individual memorials.

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What Is the Significance of Mt. Olivet Cemetery?
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Generations of Detroit-area families, various U.S. representatives, including Patrick Vincent McNamara and Louis Charles Rabaut, and at least three Major League Baseball players, such as Jimmy Barrett, are buried in the cemetery. It is the resting place of local notables, including Jerry Buckley, the federal judge Thomas Patrick Thornton and the actor Tom Tyler. Notorious Mafia leaders, such as Salvatore Catalanotte and Joseph Zerilli, are also interned there.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located on the east side of Detroit, in Wayne County, Michigan. The cemetery opened in 1888 and is owned and managed by the Mt. Elliot Cemetery Association, which operates five other cemeteries. Mt. Olivet Cemetery hosts events like 9/11 memorials, marathons to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies.

The Mt. Elliot Cemetery Association website offers a genealogy service in which a user can enter the first, middle and last name of a deceased relative, the cemetery in which that person is buried and the approximate year of internment. A user can also request genealogy information through a contact form.

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