6. Jackie Robinson: Cypress Hills Cemetery
Established in 1848 as a rural cemetery, Cypress Hills Cemetery was the first non-sectarian cemetery corporation in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. While most cemeteries at the time were situated in church courtyards, the founders of Cypress Hill sought a location that had harbored a sense of tranquility, and seclusion. The land they selected is on a small hill with a vantage point of the ocean. During the Civil War the cemetery was used as a military burial for soldiers, including 235 Confederate prisoners who had died on Hart Island.As the first African-American to play in the Major League, Jackie Robinson broke numerous racial divides during his time at the Brooklyn Dodgers (now Los Angeles Dodgers). In 1971 Jackie Robinson passed away in his home in Connecticut. Robinson’s funeral was held at Riverside Church, which is adjacent to Grant’s Tomb in a ceremony that attracted over 2,500 mourners. Afterwards, the procession was taken to Cypress Hills Cemetery where Robinson was lay to rest next to his son Jackie and mother-in-law Zelle Isum. Twenty-five years later the Interboro Parkway used to transport Robinson’s body was later named Jackie Robinson Parkway in his memory.