Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Zion Cemetery

Marker ID: THC 4E 94
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, South Parkway East, west of Willett
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


Zion Cemetery, comprising 15 acres, was established in 1876 by the United Sons of Zion Association, a group of former slaves who responded to the need for a respectable burial site for African Americans. It is the final resting place for many outstanding citizens, including Georgia Patton Washington (1864-1900), who was one of the first female African-American physicians, and Thomas F. Cassels (1850-1903), who was Assistant Attorney General of Shelby County and a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission