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Leominster, Massachusetts: Grave of Man Persecuted For His Beard

Physically attacked for "wearing the beard," as it says on his beard-faced tombstone. Reportedly it had something to do with religion.

Evergreen Cemetery

357 Main St., Leominster, MA
Hwy 2 exit 32, drive to Main St., turn left, then turn left into Evergreen Cemetery. Once inside, look for Palmer St.
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Grave of Man Persecuted For His Beard

In the topmost part of the cemetery. Palmer runs parallel to the Main Road outside the cemetery, not Main Rd inside the cemetery.

[kate, 08/13/2019]
Dump Truck and Fenway Gravestones

There are several other interesting gravestones in the same cemetery as the one for the Man Persecuted for his Beard. The Dump Truck gravestone was actually made by a friend of mine. There are also a few more, like the Fenway gravestone, that are nearby. They are in the lower (newer) part of the cemetery.

[Bruce Chester, 04/06/2013]

Gravestone of man persecuted for his beard-o ways.

Grave of Man Persecuted for Wearing a Beard

Grave marker is on Palmer St. Palmer St. runs parallel to Main St. and is separated from Main St. by a stone wall.

[W.G., 07/17/2009]
Grave of Man Persecuted for Wearing a Beard

Grave of Joseph Palmer, persecuted for wearing a beard. It depicts the fully bearded Palmer and is quite interesting to look at. Palmer was a Utopian. The grave is on Palmer Street in Evergreen Cemetery on Main Street.

[Maura Kennedy, 09/12/2004]

Joe was attacked by four men in Fitchburg for "wearing the beard," as it says on his tombstone. They tried to shave it off, and Joe was thrown in jail for over a year for resisting. Religion reportedly had something to do with it.

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