Penitentiary Inmates Buried at City Cemetery
These burials below have finally received wooden markers. For information on that Project, CLICK HERE, and for an account of John Hill, a contemporary of these men and survivor of his time in the penitentiary, CLICK HERE
Penitentiary Cholera Victims 1833
Nineteen victims of the June 1833 Cholera Epidemic were inmates in the State Penitentiary. Their names and counties of residence prior to incarceration were listed in Nashville Republican and State Gazette, Friday, July 5, 1833. This announcement was placed in the newspaper to alert their family and friends of their deaths. The Sexton also reported in this newspaper that nineteen Penitentiary victims of Cholera had been buried in the City Cemetery during June 1833. In 2011, Gerald Moore, descendant of Hugh Moore, one of the inmates who died of Cholera, met with Fletch Coke and Fred Zahn at City Cemetery. Four years later Gerald Moore asked if the graves could be marked. The wooden markers project was successfully undertaken and completed during the summer of 2016.
Names of the inmates. (19 Wooden Markers placed, during the summer of 2016, at City Cemetery in memory of these prisoners-see above). See a copy of the Nashville Republican and State Gazette, Friday, July 5, 1833, which listed their names and counties of residence prior to incarceration.
Inmates' Names 1831 – 1870
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Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1831 – 1850
Inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1850 – 1871
State Prison Records 1831 – 1892
Penitentiary - 1831 - Courtesy TSLA
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The records of various early years trace the relationship of the Nashville City Cemetery to the inmates of the Penitentiary, located on Church Street at Stonewall Avenue (present-day 15th Avenue), near where Baptist Hospital now stands. These records have been provided to us courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.