US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in taking a new family photo with her fellow justices, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, June 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Ernst / File.
JNS.org – The tombstone of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, was unveiled days before the first anniversary of her death on Sept. 18.
The grave marker was revealed over the weekend at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
It features the US Supreme Court seal, which has a single star beneath an eagle’s claws to symbolize the US Constitution’s creation of “one Supreme Court.” Below Ginsburg’s name, she is remembered as an associate justice who served on the Supreme Court from 1993 until her death in 2020 at the age of 87 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
The Brooklyn-born attorney, judge and mother-of-two shares the tombstone with her husband, Martin, who died in 2010 and is buried alongside her in the couple’s section of the historic cemetery.
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According to People magazine, the couple is buried near former President John F. Kennedy and nine Supreme Court justices, including three who served with Ginsburg: Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and Associate Justices Harry Blackmun and John Paul Stevens.
It is customary for the unveiling of the tombstone to take place on the one-year anniversary of the death, also known as the firstyahrzeit, as per Jewish tradition.
Ginsburg was the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in repose inside the National Statuary Hall at the US Capitol building before her burial. Earlier this year, she was honored in New York with two statues.