Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Men of Kindness
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
In 1841 Vicksburg became home to the first established Jewish congregation in Mississippi, Anshe Chesed, meaning "men of kindness" in Hebrew. Many of the early Jewish immigrants came from what is now part of modern Germany. Jewish families were welcomed into the community. The Jewish community in Vicksburg initially lived quite modestly as peddlers and small merchants, but after the Civil War many grew to be very prosperous. By the early 20th Century, most of the businesses in Vicksburg were Jewish owned.
The Rise of Jewish Merchants
Many homes bearing their names still exist around Vicksburg and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The large home on the corner belonged to a prominent Jewish businessman, Joseph Bazsinsky. He operated a farm and raised horses on land about 3 miles to the south, along with a livery stable and dry goods store. In 1857 he purchased the lot and the construction of the home was completed shortly after the Civil War (exact date is unknown). Here he raised his 14 children and his descendants lived in this house until
Anshe Chesed Cemetery
The Jewish cemetery, adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park, dates back to 1864. Tombstones through out the cemetery bear the names of many local and nationally-known prominent Jewish families.
Vicksburg's Jewish community erected a Temple that was completed in May of 1870. The elaborate dedication service for the Anshe Chesed Temple was attended by leading religious and political figures from throughout the state, including the governor of Mississippi.
The "Magnificent Temple" from the roof of the Court House in 1876.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list.
Location. 32° 21.121′ N, 90° 52.755′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Monroe Street north of Grove Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1022 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Remarkable Orator (within shouting distance of this marker); South Central Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Natchez District (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississippi Dental Association (about 300 feet away); Hard Times Square (about 400 feet away); Women of Influence (about 400 feet away); Growing and Changing (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.