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City of Mobile Announces Magnolia Cemetery Fall Tour Series

October 06, 2016

Mobile, Ala. - Free cemetery tours are set to begin this November at Magnolia Cemetery, one of Mobile's most historic sites.

Each tour will focus on a different theme:

  • November 5, The Burial Customs and Traditions

  • November 12, Historic People and Events

  • November 19, Victorian Funerary Art & Symbolism

The tours will begin promptly at 10:00 am and last approximately two hours. Although the tour is free, participants are asked to call ahead and reserve a spot as spaces are limited.

"Mobile is a City of history and culture and I encourage all Mobilians to take every opportunity to learn about our storied past," said Mayor Stimpson. "Magnolia Cemetery is a hidden gem in our community that everyone needs to discover."

To book your reservation please call Magnolia Cemeteries at (251) 208-7307 or (251) 432-8672


About Magnolia Cemetery:

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, Magnolia Cemetery documents much of the history of Mobile, Alabama. Established by a municipal ordinance in 1836 outside the city limits on thirty-six acres of land, this peaceful place of rest now lies in the heart of historic Mobile, just blocks from downtown. Today, Magnolia Cemetery covers over 120 acres, and contains some 80,000 grave sites. Originally called the New Burial Ground, the name was officially changed to Magnolia Cemetery on January 15, 1867. Adjoining Magnolia Cemetery are a National Cemetery containing the graves of over 6,000 veterans, and the cemeteries of Mobile's two Jewish congregations. Resting within its 120 acres are many notables from Mobile's past. Among them are: Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Battle House Hotel owner James Battle, renowned physician Dr. Josiah Nott, twice Governor of Alabama John Gayle, Civil War authoress Augusta Evans Wilson, Cowbellian de Rakin society founder Michael Krafft, Apache Indian Chappo Geronimo, and the founders of Bellingrath Gardens, Walter D. and Bessie Morse Bellingrath.