Selma, Alabama: Tall Indian Skeleton in a Restaurant (Closed)

The skeleton, named "Mortimer," has been resting comfortably on a barrel in Grumbles restaurant for decades. Sometimes he's draped with a Confederate battle flag.

Grumbles restaurant

Directions:
At Grumbles restaurant. Along the river, at the corner of Water Ave. and Franklin St. Two blocks east of US 80/Broad St. and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Hours:
July 2012: Reported closed.
Status:
Closed

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Major Grumbles - Indian Skeleton

Back in the late '70s through most of the '80s I worked for the original owners of the restaurant, and long before Mortimer sat in major Grumbles, he was a fixture in the Warehouse, which was a night club located next door to the restaurant.

We would dress him in whatever holiday regalia was appropriate, and when no holidays were being celebrated he was draped in the Confederate flag.

Mortimer came to the Strickland family from an old doctor there in Selma when he closed his practice, we even had him cleaned and rewired a time or two. Was said to be from a local Indian tribe but don't recall what the name was.

[Rick Goicoa, 10/15/2009]
Major Grumbles - Indian Skeleton

Major Grumbles is a local favorite restaurant in Selma, Alabama serving American fare with a relaxed atmosphere. Strangely enough though, they display a 7 foot Indian skeleton draped in a Confederate flag resting comfortably on a barrel. People seem to ignore the skeleton in favor of the decidedly delicious cuisine.

[Joseph Keller, 12/18/2006]

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