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In 1867, Charlotte was a community of 4500. Among these citizens were a handful of devout Jews. Faithful to their laws and traditions, the Hebrew Benevolent Society purchased 11 acres of what is now Statesville Avenue to be their Hebrew cemetery. …

Gravestone marker of Harry Van Straaten
Born Zwyndrecht, Holland, October 17, 1827
Died Concord, NC, June 12, 1898
"The righteous live in their faith"
Inscription in both Hebrew and English