In 1969 a backhoe on Egypt Plantation, near Cruger, Mississippi, hit a coffin just three feet underground. Inside the expensive glass-sealed, cast-iron coffin was a perfectly preserved young woman with long auburn hair and youthful skin, dressed in a red velvet dress with lace collar and wearing white gloves and silk/leather square-toed boots. Experts estimated her birth date. The date of death on her tombstone is the date of her being unearthed on Egypt Plantation.
The following account of the amazing preservation of the body is from the (Jackson, MS) Clarion-Ledger, 29 August 1969:
"The method of preservation used for the Lady In Red was common prior to the Civil War, when custom-made caskets, shaped to the body, were ordered as one would order a dress.
"The glass that sealed the coffin was placed over the body, and alcohol was poured inside until it was level full, and then sealed with a castiron tip.
"When the back hoe machine hit the coffin, alcohol spilled from the casket and spots of the liquid were seen on the folds of the woman's dress."
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: NatalieMaynor
Record added: May 02, 2006
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