Sabina, Ohio: Eugene the Mummy

Eugene, an unclaimed dead guy, was on display in a local funeral home for many years. Now he has his own tombstone in the local cemetery. "Found Dead 1929, Buried 1964."

Sabina Cemetery

Address:
Polk Ave., Sabina, OH
Directions:
Sabina Cemetery. N. College St. to Polk Ave., then turn right to the cemetery. Grave is located in section 3 plot 33 under an oak tree next to the road.
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Eugene the Mummy - Childhood Pal

When I was a child, my sister and I used to visit our great aunt in Sabina, Ohio. She lived across the street from the Littleton Funeral Home. We played with a little girl who lived at the home. We used to play around the coffins and were always fascinated by the body on display out in a small brick building in the yard.

Eugene was what they called him. His body was laid out on a platform behind bars, so you couldn't touch him. We were children and didn't think much about why he was there, but we made MANY visits to see him. I remember staring at him for long periods of time because he was just so interesting to look at. We had not experienced a death yet to anyone we knew, and didn't fully understand what death was.

We didn't have much to do, and where else could you go to look at a dead body up close?

[Marjory Ray, 07/23/2009]
Eugene - Found dead 1929, Buried 1964 Eugene the Mummy

The final resting place of Eugene the Mummy is in the Sabina Cemetery.

[Scott Hammond, 05/29/2007]

Not really a mummy per se, but Eugene is one of a small fraternity of unclaimed bodies displayed for decades in 20th century funeral homes. An African-American male was found dead in a ditch outside Sabina June 9, 1929, never positively identified, and dubbed "Eugene" by law enforcement officials (a scrap of paper in the dead man's pocket yielded an address of a vacant lot in Cincinnati; a still-living man in the house next to the lot was named "Eugene"(?). Sabina's Littleton Funeral Home embalmed the corpse and displayed it in a small adjacent brick building, hoping for eventual identification. Eugene became a popular spot for Cincinnati-Columbus buses to stop for a passenger leg stretch (and it was always possible someone would recognize him). Thirty five years later, he was still a local tourist attraction, as well as target for occasional high school pranks and collegiate kidnappings. Each time, Eugene was retrieved and returned to his quiet showcase. Eugene was finally buried in Sabina Cemetery in 1964.

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