Men of Kindness

Men of Kindness (HM2695)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.121', W 90° 52.755'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Jewish Community
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

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 early in the 21st Century.

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.

Magnificent Temple
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.

Photo caption
The "Magnificent Temple" from the roof of the Court House in 1876.
HM NumberHM2695
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699566 N 3581432
Decimal Degrees32.35201667, -90.87925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.121', W 90° 52.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 7.2599999999999" N, 90° 52' 45.3" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1099 Monroe St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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