Meridian, Mississippi: Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies

Rose Hill Cemetery is the burial site for long-dead Queen Kelly and King Emil. Their graves are easy to spot, still regularly festooned with colorful offerings.

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Gypsy queen's grave.

Gypsy Queen Grave

Many colorful personal offerings on the grave of the Gypsy Queen.

[Rex W. Rosenberg, 03/26/2015]

Queen of the Gypsies.

Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies

Interesting cemetery -- lots of old graves.

[Mary, 02/05/2014]

In addition to the tombstones and fan tributes to Gypsy royalty, there are many monuments with ornate carvings and inscriptions.

Grave of Queen of the gypsies.

Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies

The cemetery contains the headstones of Emil Mitchell, King of the Gypsies (Died October 16, 1942 aged 85 years) and Kelly Mitchell, Queen of the Gypsies (Died January 31, 1915, aged 47 years). There are various offerings on the grave, and a picture in a frame at Kelly Mitchell's grave -- possibly of Kelly.

[Cathy, 01/01/2011]

King of the Gypsies grave.

King and Queen of the Gypsies

Rose Hill Cemetery is the site of the graves of Emil and Kelly Mitchell, the King and Queen of all the Gypsies in the United States. People travel from near and far to leave small gifts of fruit and juice at the graves, Rose Hill has been the burial site for the Gypsy Royal Family since 1915.

[Lawanda Turnage, 08/10/1999]

Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies

Rose Hill Cemetery

Address:
40th Ave., Meridian, MS
Directions:
Rose Hill Cemetery. On 40th Ave. between 7th and 8th Sts. From I-20/59, take 22nd Ave. exit to downtown Meridian. Turn left on 8th St. to 40th Ave. Left on 40th Ave. When you reach the cemetery gates, drive straight in. When the road curves to the left, the graves will be on the right.
Hours:
Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
601-693-1361
RA Rates:
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