Aberdeen, Mississippi: Lady Whose Dress Caught Fire

After Mary Points died in 1852 in a fire mishap, her husband ordered a gravestone carving of the incendiary moment, her skirts consumed by flames.

Old Aberdeen Cemetery

Address:
21 Whitfield St., Aberdeen, MS
Directions:
Old Aberdeen Cemetery. Entrance is on the north side of Whitfield St., just east of its intersection with S. Poplar St. Park on the shoulder; it's a walk-in-only entrance. You'll see the Whitfield fenced-in crypt straight ahead. Look for Marker 21.
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Lady Whose Dress Caught Fire

She can be found at marker #21, to the right of the cemetery entrance. However, as of December 2019, the stone has tipped over, with the image of her facing down so you can't see it or the inscription.

[Courtney, 12/25/2019]

Lady Whose Dress Caught Fire.

Lady Whose Dress Caught Fire

Mary Points is the lady who was burned to death when her dress caught fire. Her stone depicts how she died, which seems really cruel to me.

[Donna Wright, 07/25/2016]

The inscription is explicit: she went to heaven. No word about husband Jacob...


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