Chung Wah Cemetery
Established in 1906, this historic cemetery serves as a reminder that Folsom once had a bustling Chinese community of several thousand people for whom discrimination and segregation was an everyday occurrence that persisted even in death. Chung Wah cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but is no longer open to the public.
Backstory and Context
In 1967, vandals broke into the cemetery, dug up numerous graves, took jewelry and other valuables from caskets, and left bones scattered on the ground. Some of the valuables taken from the graves were later traced to San Francisco pawn shops. In spite of the vandalism, the cemetery remains largely intact, and is one of the only remaining traces of Folsom's Chinese population.