The First Jewish Cemetery in Richmond

05/04/2012 10:00 AM by

PHOTO: The First Jewish Cemetery in Richmond, by Jeff Majer

History Replays Today has a fascinating look at the history of the first Jewish Cemetery in Richmond (believed to be one of the first Jewish cemeteries in America):

On Oct 21, 1791 Isaiah Isaacs, the first Jew recorded to have settled in Richmond, deeded a 40’x102′ section of land just west of the SW corner of 21st and E Franklin St “to be used for the sole purpose of a burying ground for all Jews male and female that may at any time here after die in the city of Richmond, or whose bodies after death might be brought there to be interred”. […] In time the congregation of Beth Shalome decreased in numbers and the original trustees died, leaving the Franklin St Cemetery to fall into “a state of abject neglect”. […]



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