Holly Springs, Mississippi: Yellow Fever Martyrs Church Museum

The seven martyrs died during the Yellow Fever Outbreak of 1878 while nursing other Holly Springs victims. Also a Yellow Fever House historical marker several blocks southwest of the museum.
Address:
305 E. College Ave., Holly Springs, MS
Directions:
South side of E. College Ave. just east of S. Walthall St. Yellow Fever House historical marker is southwest, at E. Gholson Ave. and S Memphis St.
Hours:
By appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
662-252-7552
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Yellow Fever House and Tourism Bureau. Yellow Fever House and Martyrs Museum

If you're in town to visit Graceland Too, Yellow Fever probably deserves some attention. During the Epidemic of 1878, seven Catholics -- a priest and nuns -- were martyred while nursing other Holly Springs victims. The church, originally built in 1841 and later restored, tells their story in a small museum, open by appointment.

In Hillcrest Cemetery, there is a marker commemorating the Yellow Fever martyrs.

The Holly Springs Tourism Bureau operates out of the Yellow Fever House at 104 East Gholson Avenue. W.J.L. Holland, a local newspaper owner, was the chairman of the relief committee in 1878, and succumbed to the malady himself.

[01/22/2007]

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