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New Winchester Burying Ground

North Parkway, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 9' 7.686576", -90° 2' 12.441048"
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New Winchester Burying Ground was established in 1828 by
deed from the original proprietors of Memphis. It occupied almost 11 acres
within an area now bounded by Lane Ave. on the south, Danny Thomas Blvd,
on the west, the old L&N Railroad tracks on the north and Manassas
St. on the east. Among those buried there were victims of the 1836 Helen
McGregor steamboat disaster. It remained the city cemetery until 1874 but
quickly deteriorated.
54B City stables were built over a number
of graves, including that of Marcus B. Winchester, the first Mayor of Memphis.
High Street (now St. Jude Place) and a street car line were cut through the
grounds. The desecration resulted in protests by citizens and lawsuits by
relatives. The solution came in 1931, when Winchester Park was established
on approximately 7 acres of the cemetery. It still serves as the final
resting place of some of Memphis' early citizens.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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