Cemeteries & Gravesites

A cemetery connects us to our past quite like no other place, and Mississippi’s cemeteries have special significance. They are the final resting places of ordinary people who quietly lived their lives yet left a legacy; of people whose actions changed the course of history; and of those who left a lasting influence on global cultural heritage. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eudora Welty was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery (established 1821) in her hometown of Jackson. The grave of Nobel winner William Faulkner can be found in Oxford’s St. Peter’s Cemetery and is easily identified by the whiskey bottles left behind by his fans. Visit the three gravesites that claim to contain Blues legend Robert Johnson, and see if you can identify where he is truly buried. Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was laid to rest in a park setting in her hometown of Ruleville. The gravesite of Rev. George Lee, widely considered the first martyr of the civil rights movement, can be found in the beautiful cemetery next to Green Grove Baptist Church in his hometown of Belzoni.

Throughout the state are the graves of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in America’s bloodiest conflict. These Civil War graves can be found in virtually any 19th century cemetery and in the endless acres of national cemeteries at Corinth, Vicksburg and Natchez. They can be found at Jefferson Davis’s last home, Beauvoir, and at Brice’s Crossroads. They are in unexpected places, as in the graves of unknown Union soldiers found on a wooded knoll near Highway 41, just off of the Natchez Trace. Friendship Cemetery in Columbus gave rise to Memorial Day after the Civil War, when the ladies of Columbus laid flowers on the graves of soldiers both Confederate and Union. Biloxi National Cemetery is the final resting place of veterans from all American conflicts. Whether you seek the final resting place of a noted American, that of a soldier who gave his life for his country, that of everyday Mississippians, or simply tranquility, connect with your past and that of America’s in Mississippi.

  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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  • Sanderson Farms Championship

    October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

    A great annual stop on the PGA Tour. Enjoy the hospitality, the serenity of the Country Club of Jackson, the pristine course, great food and great people.

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