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 Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell

  • Birth 1868 Alabama, USA
  • Death 31 Jan 1915 Coatopa, Sumter County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 11343040

Queen of the Gypsies. Died at age 47 from compications due to childbirth. The doctor was offered $10,000 to save her life, but was unable to. She was brought to a funeral director in Meridian, Mississippi and the decision was made to bury her here. This led to a section of the cemetery becoming known as the "Gypsy Burial Ground". Members of many Gypsy tribes came from all over the United States, and some accounts say there were 20,000 there to view the body. More than 5,000 followed the body to the cemetery to witness lat rites. She was said to have been buried with many jewels and personal valuables, and her grave was heavily concreted to discourage vandals. Today, visitors leave beaded necklaces and alcohol bottles in rememberance.


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  • Created by: kimshockey (reb)
  • Added: 12 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11343040
  • jrrmr910
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kelly Mitchell (1868–31 Jan 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11343040, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by kimshockey (reb) (contributor 46563854) .