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Emma Goldman’s Burial Site


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Emma Goldman was born in Kaunas, lived in Rochester, NY (and other locations in the U.S.) and died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 14 May, 1940 at the age of 70.

Emma was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Lot 1044, Section N.  Her tombstone reads that she was born on June 29, 1869 and died on May 14, 1939 – but this was a mistake made by the stone-cutter.  The actual dates are, born: June 27, 1869, death: May 14, 1940.

Her monument reads: “Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty”

In accordance with her last request, her remains were returned to the U.S. to rest beside the Haymarket Martyrs who had inspired her life.

At Emma‘s burial, Roger Baldwin came to give the eulogy. Emma‘s lecture to Roger when he was a conservative Harvard graduate had led him to found the American Civil Liberties Union