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Anshe Chesed Cemetery up for national register

Published 11:18 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A symbol of Vicksburg’s thriving Jewish community in the 19th century is up for preservationists’ highest honor.

A marker recounts the history of the Anshe Chesed Cemetery at 2414 Grove St.
A marker recounts the history of the Anshe Chesed Cemetery at 2414 Grove St.

Anshe Chesed Cemetery is being considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, according to state historians. The Mississippi National Register Review Board will review the nomination when it meets at 1 p.m. July 17 in Jackson at Mississippi Department of Archives and History headquarters on the second floor of the Charlotte Capers building.

Placement on the national register can qualify properties for federal investment tax credits for rehabilitation and other provisions, according to a letter from H.T. Holmes, the state historic preservation officer. The Warren County Board of Supervisors accepted the correspondence for information Monday.

Situated off the east end of Grove Street, between Clay Street and Confederate Avenue, available records have the cemetery first established in 1864, according to the National Park Service. The 1,000 or so graves at its current location are spread over what was once part of the Second Texas Lunette, an area of intense fighting during the Siege of Vicksburg.

MDAH directs correspondence to Kenneth H. P’Pool, the deputy state historic preservation officer, at P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205. Any letters of objection should be notarized to verify the signature, according to the letter.