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 Norma Jean Elephant

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Norma Jean Elephant

  • Birth 10 Aug 1942
  • Death 17 Jul 1972 Oquawka, Henderson County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Oquawka, Henderson County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 15631829

Norma Jean was a full grown elephant with the Clark and Walters Circus. She was the main attraction when one night, on July 17, 1972, she was struck and killed by lightning. Her trainer, Possum Red, was knocked thirty feet by the blast. She was buried on the spot where she died. A twelve foot limestone monument was erected on her grave.
The elephant that is now on top of the monument does not appear to be the original one.
Her grave is a town tourist attraction and there are signs pointing in the direction of her grave. Every August her memory is celebrated by an elephant walk, white elephant sale and a bake sale featuring elephant ears.


  • Created by: Donna Bogs
  • Added: 5 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15631829
  • Susan Richardson
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Norma Jean Elephant (10 Aug 1942–17 Jul 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15631829, citing Norma Jean Elephant Burial Site, Oquawka, Henderson County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Donna Bogs (contributor 46582865) .