Congregation Children of Israel Cemetery
Submitted by Anita White
Congregation Children of Israel (C C of I) Cemetery
see Temple Israel Cemetery
Prior to 1885 the Jewish inhabitants of Memphis interred their dead in the cemetery
of the Congregation Children of Israel on Bass Ave at the head of Adams St. The new
cemetery established on the old Hernando Road which was at that time two miles from
the city limits was for a while known as the "New Hebrew Cemetery" (Keating's History
of Memphis, Vol II, page 306)
The old cemetery of Bass Ave fell into disuse. The present ground on Hernando Road
was purchased in 1885, ten acres in all; and the new cemetery was dedicated on
October 11, 1885. The bodies interred in the old cemetery was transferred, and the
former property was sold for building lots. (now Temple Israel Cemetery)
A mortuary chapel was erected at the cemetery in 1886.
When the new property was dedicated, fifty nine family lots were sold ranging from
$10.00 to $25.00 in prices. (exerpts from Congregation of Israel).