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Zion Cemetery

 
 
Zion Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 28, 2015
1. Zion Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Zion Cemetery, comprising 15 acres, was established in 1876 by the United Sons of Zion Association, a group of former slaves who responded to the need for a respectable burial site for African-Americans. It is the final resting place for many outstanding citizens, including Georgia Patton Washington (1864-1900), who was one of the first female African-American physicians, and Thomas F. Gassels (1850-1903), who was Assistant Attorney General of Shelby County and a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 94.)
 
Location. 35° 6.564′ N, 90° 0.878′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of South Parkway East and Pillow Street, on the left when traveling east on South Parkway East. Click for map. Marker is inside the cemetery fence. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chew C. Sawyer (within shouting distance of this marker); Calvary Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tennessee Williams Play (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Memphis 13/Rozelle Elementary School
Zion Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 28, 2015
2. Zion Cemetery Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Captain Kit Dalton (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Rest (approx. 1.2 miles away); Heiskell Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Find A Grave Link. (Submitted on July 29, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Zion Cemetery Video. Many of the scenes were shot before the cemetery restoration project began (Submitted on July 29, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 

3. Zion Community Project. After many decades of use, Zion Cemetery fell into disuse and became overgrown with vegetation. The Zion Cemetery Project works to clear the cemetery and maintain this important Memphis heritage location, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990. (Submitted on July 29, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Zion Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 28, 2015
3. Zion Cemetery Entrance
Zion Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 28, 2015
4. Zion Cemetery
Fallen Stone, Zion Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 28, 2015
5. Fallen Stone, Zion Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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