Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)

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Hebrew Cemetery
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Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)
Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the US
Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)
Location 400 Hospital St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°33′7″N 77°25′48″W / 37.55194°N 77.43000°W / 37.55194; -77.43000Coordinates: 37°33′7″N 77°25′48″W / 37.55194°N 77.43000°W / 37.55194; -77.43000
Built 1816
Architect Dimmock, James
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 06000348[1]
VLR # 127-6166
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 5, 2006
Designated VLR March 8, 2006[2]

The Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, also known as Hebrew Burying Ground, dates from 1816. This Jewish cemetery, one of the oldest in the United States, was founded in 1816 as successor to the Franklin Street Burial Grounds of 1789. Among those interred here is Josephine Cohen Joel, who was well known in the early 20th century as the founder of Richmond Art Co. Within Hebrew Cemetery is a plot known as the Soldier's Section. It contains the graves of 30 Jewish Confederate soldiers who died in or near Richmond. It is the only Jewish military cemetery outside of the State of Israel.[3]

Detail of cast iron fencing

Located at Fourth and Hospital Streets on historic Shockoe Hill, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1]

The cemetery is maintained by Congregation Beth Ahabah, a Reform congregation founded in Richmond in 1789.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.jewish-history.com/civilwar/shockoe.htm

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