A late 19th Century map of downtown Clinton, Louisiana. The Meyer Brothers Store was in lot 3 (pink), at the corner of St. Helena and Bank Streets. Emanuel Meyer's home is shown (blue) two blocks from the Courthouse. Henry Meyer's home is shown (green.) Map courtesy the East Feliciana Clerk of Court.
Gravestones from the Jewish cemetery in Ingenheim, Germany, where members of the family are buried. The gravestone in the foreground is Emanuel Mayer, brother of Joseph Meyer, and uncle to the Meyer siblings. (Photo courtesy Bernd Kukatzki as it appears on the Palatia Judaica Facebook page)
My family's history
"Six years ago, I found these letters mentioned in a footnote to a chapter in Elliott Ashkenazi's 'Business of Jews in Louisiana, 1840-1875' and never imagined the path they would lead me along as I unraveled my family's history. Thank you to the Southern Jewish Historical Society and editors of the journal for their wisdom and guidance, and to my family for its support while I was off chasing ghosts."