This Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, the new board of the nonprofit Historic Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque, NM, welcomes visitors to take a tour and learn about some of its famous (and infamous) residents. Two one-hour tours will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The historic section is accessed through the main entrance to Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale Blvd. SE.
While there are approximately 12,000 burial sites in the historic cemetery, fewer than 6,000 have markers. Among the well-known New Mexico family names on the tour are Galles, Dietz, Huning, and Ross. People from at least 23 countries and three Native American tribes are interred in Historic Fairview Cemetery.
Tours will be limited to groups of 10, and social distancing of 6 feet will be enforced. Attendees are asked to wear a face mask covering, wear sturdy shoes to protect from goat heads and bring a water bottle. Tours start at the interior entrance to the historic cemetery, located north of the cemetery office. Look for a registration table near the entrance to Congregation Albert’s section of the cemetery.
Historic Fairview Cemetery, founded in 1881, is now run by an Albuquerque nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the cemetery and sharing the stories of its residents. Members of the board will be present on Memorial Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the entrance to the historic area to discuss how people can get involved and provide more information.
Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, is president of the nonprofit board.