Historic Zion Cemetery in Memphis

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With more than thirty thousand interred in its fifteen acres, Zion Cemetery is the largest African American community burial ground in Memphis. It was opened in 1876 by former slaves to establish a sacred burial ground for people of color. It is the final resting place of luminaries like Reverend Morris Henderson, who led the founding of the cemetery, and Dr. Georgia Patton Washington, Tennessee’s first African American physician. Lynching victims Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and William Stewart rest there. The cemetery is also the final home of Thomas Franks Cassels and the grandparents of Dr. Benjamin Hooks. Dr. Peatchola Jones-Cole and Dr. Tyrone T. Davis detail the rich history and more.
ISBN: 9781467152143
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Tennessee
Series: Landmarks
Images: 104
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Peatchola Jones-Cole received a Doctor of Education degree in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Memphis. She is one of the authors and the co-editor for the Zion Community Project’s book, Historic Zion Cemetery in Memphis. Dr. Tyrone T. Davis has served as the chair of the Zion Community Project’s board of directors since 2006. He has retired as an itinerant minister in the CME Church. As a member of the board of trustees for three CME-affiliated HBCUs, he has utilized all his skill sets to promote the work of the Zion Community Project.
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