Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery

St. Francis de Sales Church
303 Bunker Hill Ave.

This Catholic burying ground opened in the 1830s, at the height of anti-Irish sentiment in Charlestown. In 1832, despite the objections of town selectmen, Bishop Fenwick buried two Irish children, three year old Florence Driscoll and three month old James Kinsley, in the graveyard, setting the stage for a court battle that successful argued that Catholics could be buried on private property. The cemetery is closed to the public but visitors may contact the Catholic Cemeteries Association for permission to enter.

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