• The Gypsy Queen's Grave - Meridian, Mississippi

      Gypsy Queen's Grave
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Kelly Mitchell, who was considered the Queen of the Gypsies, died in 1915 at the age of 47 while trying to give birth to her 15th child. Her death attracted many mourners, and over the years numerous people have come to pay their respects at her grave, and the graves of her husband and other family members. The graves are perpetually festooned with Mardi Gras beads and other embellishments, and littered with coins and many other interesting types of tribute. Legend has it that if you leave a gift for the Gypsy King and Queen, their spirits will help you solve your problems. Another legend states that admirers tossed gold coins into her grave. And because of this, you will notice that the concrete slab over her grave has been broken in several places by people attempting to rob it.

      If you go:
      Park on 7th Street or 40th Avenue. The Gypsy graves are near the entrance to the cemetery. Every fall, the Rose Hill Cemetery Costumed Tour has volunteers who dress as individuals buried in the cemetery, and stand by their respective graves to tell the people's stories to passersby.

      Links:




      701 40th Avenue
      Meridian, Mississippi 39307 USA


      Phone Numbers:

      Rose Hill Cemetery
      +1 (601) 693-1361


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