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Monday, October 4, 2010


Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Tour, Oct 16

Here is a short preview:

    Dr. & Mrs. Shackleford – The good doctor died in 1878, probably of Yellow Fever. His large and ornate monument is impressive. However, Mrs. Shackleford only has a modest stone. Interesting – especially with the inscription on the dear doctor’s stone, Marker erected by his lady friends. Mrs. Shackleford will be represented to tell this story along with “one of the lady friends.”

Meridian Founders, Ball & Ragsdale – You thought the competition between these two gentlemen stopped upon their deaths, but some things never die. Come hear their stories of Meridian in the early days.

Emil Michel...King of the Gypsies

 The Gypsy Family -- The Queen died in 1915 as a result of childbirth. She was camped with her people just over the state line in Alabama. Her funeral hearse was drawn by a team of matching white horses. An estimated 20,000 people from all across America attended the funeral. When her husband, the Gypsy King, died he was buried next to her, plus other family members added at their deaths. 

Rose Hill Cemetery does not have all of Meridian’s history, but a large part is represented. Again, this is not a haunted tour, but a historic tour to celebrate Meridian – the history and heritage.  2010 is Meridian’s Sesquicentennial year – 150th anniversary.

    Date:  Saturday, October 16

    Time: 6:00 pm – groups of ten per tour, tours begin at front gate. (Be patient as we accommodate as many attendees as possible).

    Place: Rose Hill Cemetery. Meridian, Mississippi, (Eighth Street – across from Calvary Baptist Church).

    Admission fee: Free

    Parking: Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot (directly across from the cemetery). Thanks to Calvary Baptist Church!

    Security will be present on the premises.

    For more info: Call (601) 681-8525, (601) 482-9752, or (601) 482-2288.

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