History of the NYQM Cemetery

NYQM Cemetery at Prospect ParkSituated on one of the highest points in Brooklyn, the Quaker Burial Ground began in 1849 (before Prospect Park was created) when nine acres of undeveloped farmland were purchased from four non-Quaker landowners. The cemetery is located on what was the border between the city of Brooklyn and the town of Flatbush.

Access to the cemetery

Access to Friends Cemetery can be arranged by contacting one of the committee members (see below), by emailing cemetery@nycquakers.org, or by calling the cemetery telephone 929-352-5482‬

Your call will be returned within 24 hours. If you are unable to contact the cemetery or any committee member, Quarterly Meeting Office 212-777-8866 can assist you.

Cemetery Map (PDF)

NYQM CemeteryWho is eligible for burial?

Members and former members of New York Quarterly Meeting (NYQM), their spouses, children and their spouses, and grandchildren are eligible for burial, or scattering of ashes. On rare occasions, others may be buried with Cemetery Committee approval.

Cemetery Committee

Members of the Cemetery Committee can be of assistance with many of the routine tasks with which a family may be presented. These include planning a visit to the cemetery, choosing a burial plot, helping to decide details of burial, choosing clothing, helping to contact a funeral director or the Quarterly Meeting, or just providing companionship at a difficult time.

  • Bryan Oettel, Clerk
  • Jessica Fleischer-Black
  • Maureen Healy
  • John Major
  • Chris Roddick
  • Suzanne Stout

For a complete guide and information about the Cemetery, we have prepared a brochure that you can download: Cemetery Brochure: Use of the Quarterly Meeting Cemetery and Information on Preparation for Death (PDF)

Cemetery Contributions

The cemetery is a resource that requires continuing care and concern. In order to protect it for ourselves and future generations, Friends who use the cemetery may wish to contribute to the Cemetery Endowment Fund, a separate endowment fund held by the Quarterly Meeting.