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.

  • 6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 19 - October 21

    The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a fun-filled three-day event that celebrates local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers. This year looks to be our biggest and best year yet with some of your favorite chefs and authors returning form last year …

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 20 - October 22

    Join us for the best festival in Mississippi! Held on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Rosalie Mansion, on bluffs high above the Mississippi River.  Live, world-class musical entertainment keeps your feet moving while over 50 hot air balloons drift silently overhead. An on-site carnival and an arts and crafts market make this one …

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  • Native American Days 2017

    October 25 - October 27

    Three-day celebration of Southeastern Native American and colonial-era Euro American cultures in Mississippi, including traditional dance, song and storytelling presentations by Native Americans, colonial-era food, arts and crafts, Native American games and ancient weapons demonstrations. October 25-27.

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  • 39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

    November 4 - November 5

    The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival was created to honor master potter, Peter Anderson, original potter of Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928, and to celebrate the arts community. The festival aids in the economic development and growth of what has become Ocean Springs today. The festival is presented by Blue Moon via F.E.B. Distributing. …

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  • Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai

    November 29 @ 7:30 pm - November 29 @ 11:00 pm

    Varekai is a critically-acclaimed production that has wowed almost 10 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Since then, Varekai has visited more than 180 cities in 35 different countries around the world. In 2014, Varekai started off a new tour in an arena format. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to …

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