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Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr
Birth: Oct. 10, 1832
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1904
Bayou La Batre
Mobile County
Alabama, USA

Folk Figure. Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr., also known as "Old Joe Cain", "Chief Slacabormorinico" or "Old Slac", is recognized as the man responsible for the Mardi Gras celebration's rebirth in the years immediately following the Civil War in Mobile, Alabama. The stress of the Civil War brought an end to the annual festivities in Mobile. After the war and under Union occupation, the city was disillusioned and discouraged. On the afternoon of Fat Tuesday in 1866, Joseph Stillwell “Joe” Cain, Jr. set out to raise the spirits of Mobile. Appearing as a mythical Chickasaw Indian, "Chief Slacabormorinico" or “Old Slac”, from Wagg Swamp, he climbed aboard a decorated coal wagon pulled by a mule and held a one-float parade through the streets of Mobile. This was the beginning of the modern era of Mardi Gras in Mobile. Cain’s reasoning for masquerading as the Chickasaw Indian chief was that the Chickasaw Indians were never defeated, and this was to show the Union occupation, since the south lost the Civil War. He succeeded in what his goal was, which was lifting the Mobile Bay Region from despair and reviving Mardi Gras. In 1867, Joe Cain made his second appearance as “Old Slac”, but this time he is accompanied by the “Lost Cause Minstrels”, 16 former Confederate soldiers playing drums and horns. This was the origin of The Order of the Myths parade on Fat Tuesday. Cain founded many of the mystic societies and built a tradition of Mardi Gras parades, which continues today. In fact, he is remembered each year on Joe Cain Day, which is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Known as "the people’s day," Mardi Gras revelers decorate anything they can push, pull, or drag for the Joe Cain Procession and parade, which is as much fun to watch as it is to ride. Cain himself participated in each year’s festivity until he died. Joseph Stillwell “Joe” Cain, Jr. was a son of Joseph Cain, Sr. and Julia Ann Turner. He married Elizabeth Alabama Rabby. (bio by: BamaGuy0324) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Alabama Rabby Cain (1833 - 1926)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Melvin Cain (1859 - 1931)*
  Alice Elizabeth Cain Hill (1863 - 1934)*
  Nellie Zenetta Cain Campbell (1867 - 1947)*
  Oliver S Cain (1873 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Church Street Cemetery
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: BamaGuy0324
Record added: Oct 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9570284
Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr
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- R I P
 Added: Oct. 10, 2013
Thank you for your legacy. Would of loved to hang with you. You'll always be remembered. THANKS. AGAIN.
- janice b
 Added: Feb. 12, 2013
I miss you, Joe, and mourn you gravely. Forget me not and Happy Mardis Gras!
- Your Yankee Doodle Dandy
 Added: Feb. 10, 2013
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