Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
All of the families, with the exception of three, were Sephardic Jews, originally from Portugal or Spain; the other three families were Germanic.
Congregation Mickve Israel July 11, 1983.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1913.
Location. 32° 4.9′ N, 81° 5.443′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from East River Street. Riverside, West of the Drayton Street Ramp. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Savannah in the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Savannah Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); African American MonumentSavannah and the Slave Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); A Storeroom By Any Other Name (within shouting distance of this marker); One Building - Many Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Vaulting Through Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Blaney Cluskey (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Jewish Colonists. Samuel Nunes (or Nunez), a physician, was one of the first Jewish immigrants to the Georgia colony in 1733. He provided vital medical aid, which helped the settlement survive its first year of existence. At first James Edward Oglethorpe, a member of the Trustees who directed Georgia's early settlement, did not know what to do about the Jewish immigrants. They, along with Catholics, were excluded from the religious liberty guaranteed other groups under the Georgia charter. After consulting a Charleston, South Carolina, lawyer, who ruled that the charter guaranteed religious freedom for all non-Catholics, Oglethorpe admitted the William and Sarah passengers and so informed the
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