#ChurchStreetGraveyard#Mobile#Alabama (& #Letterbox ) (Saturday 2-17-18) #LateGram#LatePost from this past #WeekendRoadTrip
This #historic#cemetery is surrounded by a brick wall that dates back to 1830. It’s in the middle of downtown Mobile, but at the time of it’s establishment in 1819, it was ½ mile away from the most development. It was established in 1819 & away from development because it began for the #YellowFever victims.
A lot of interesting #graves / #tombstones here. A lot of concrete used….lots of iron fencing, and some concrete mounds I had never seen before (And I have been to a lot of cemeteries)! Mobile’s City officials divided the cemetery into 3 sections. The NE third was designated for the Catholics, the SE third for Protestants, and the remaining Western portion a “graveyard for strangers”. Masons, Odd Fellows, Veterans, & the indigent/poor incidentally were buried in the Western section. (The cemetery was closed to burial in 1898, but a few modern burials have taken place by special city resolution). Many of the gravestones were done in New England and the Gulf Coast in the early 19th century. There is also a lot of iron work fencing around plots.
The raised arched concrete tombs are the Spanish and French citizens of early Mobile and many pioneer Americans.
First noticeable grave when I walked in was the one covered in #MardiGras beads and decorations (Which Mardi Gras was just the previous week). Just to the left of the entrance, is grave of Joseph “Joe” Stillwell Cain Jr, who was the founder of modern Mardi Gras. (1832-1904). He is it credited with initiating the modern way of observing Mardi Gras and it’s celebrations in Mobile AL, following the Civil War.