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City Cemetery: (FLORIDA HISTORIC CEMETERY #2). City Cemetery, Windsor Lane, Key West FL 33040. This second oldest cemetery in the state was founded in 1865. Congregation B'nai Zion, Florida's first congregation (since 1877) owns a section, with an entrance on Francis Street. Early graves date to 1880s. All records are in the sexton's office at main gate. Source: Bernard Kouchel

" As you walk along Seventh Avenue, look for the black archway with the letters "B'nai Zion" marking the Jewish Cemetery entry. To the immediate left is a large white crypt with a facing tablet inscribed 'I Told You I was Sick'." Source.

The U.S. Navy Plot, dedicated on December 11, 1898, contains a monument paid for by citizens of Key West in memory of the 27 sailors killed in Havana when the battleship Maine exploded and sank in Havana Harbor, beginning the Spanish-American War. Among these were a number of Jewish sailors. Source. [January 2002]

UPDATE: The Spanish-American War of 1898 is marked by the sinking of the USS Maine in Havanna harbor. The mast of the vessel was retrieved and now is located at the main Key West, Florida cemetery. This cemetery has a Jewish section in accordance with Halacha. The Executive Officer of the USS Maine appointed to investigate the sinking of the vessel was Jewish and was later promoted to Admiral. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  [January 2002]


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Key West Cemetery: Margaret Street, Key West. Jewish Cemetery at 21st and Franklin Streets. 1790s burial ground established by Isaiah Isaacs for German and Dutch Jewish settlers. See: [January 2002]


Southern Keys Cemetery: 258 Avenue A, Key West 3304.

Southern Keys Cemetery: p. 03455; Cemeteries of the US by Deborah M. Burek, ed. Gale Research Int., Detroit MI (1994) ISBN 0-8103-9245-3. Source: Al Rosenfield, Columbus OH; (e-mail:

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