Quiet These Paintings Are

The oldest Jewish graves in Alabama, in Church Street Graveyard, at Monroe Street and S. Washington Avenue, in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama. The first known Jew to permanently settle in the city was a physician named Solomon Mordecai, who came from North Carolina in 1823. Mobile was the center of Jewish life in Alabama in the nineteenth century, and they were prominent members of Mobile society.

Church Street Graveyard was established in 1819 and closed in 1898, although a few burials have taken place since then. It is known for the Boyington Oak, which according to legend sprouted over the grave of convicted murderer Charles R.S. Boyington. Passersby have reported hearing sighs, sobbing, and even the voice of Charles Boyington himself proclaiming his innocence.


About the author Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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