Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

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Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery is a burial ground serving primarily the Catholic communities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake. Located adjacent to the Lafayette River and Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, the property was purchased in 1854 by Father Matthew O’Keefe, the founder and pastor of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Norfolk. The cemetery centerpiece is a large bronze crucifix erected around 1922 in honor of Catholic servicemen who served in World War I. Sculpted by George A. Lober, it stands approximately 30 feet high. Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery is one of the oldest monument cemeteries in the area and is one of only eight Catholic cemeteries throughout Virginia.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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