Biloxi City Cemetery - "Old Biloxi Cemetery"

1166 Irish Hill Drive

Biloxi, MS 39530

Biloxi City Cemetery also known as “Old Biloxi Cemetery” is a rewarding experience if you love history! There are headstones dating back to the 1800’s, and some very famous people are laid to rest here.

George Ohr - The Mad Potter of Biloxi; Pleasant Reed - a common man who made a contribution to American history in spite of incredible odds; Lazaro Lopez - a seafood pioneer who became a city leader and philanthropist; and Brigadier General Joseph Robert Davis - nephew of Confederate President Jefferson Davis are just a few. Take a stroll and a journey back in time. Located between Highway 90 &  Irish Hill Drive.

Awarded “Spirit of Main Street” by Mississippi Main Street Association

The event is a self-guided, continuously performed event, so attendees may arrive anytime and witness all eight re-enactments and two story-tellings with 15 characters. This year’s theme, Biloxi’s Colorful Past, features tales from before alcohol and gambling were legal.

The multi award winning tour endeavors to breathe life into Biloxi’s past and showcase life and tourism during prohibition and the role illegal gaming played in shaping Biloxi and its tourism industry.

Portrayals include: Chief Louis Staehling with Deputy Peter Bellande (raids on Blind Tigers/illegal alcohol in the early 1900s); Gussie Fountain (boat building—Schooners used for smuggling alcohol and betting on schooner races); Corrine LaRose (tales from Biloxi’s red light district); Francis Arbeau Caillavet and Col. John W. Apperson (the Buena Vista, Isle of Caprice-early gaming and tourism); Danny Holley (1950s and 60s entertainer on the Biloxi Strip); Dorothy Brown (owner of the famed Broadwater Beach Resort); Kay Horne’s Neighborhood (the clubs of Main Street); The Kefauver Hearings and Biloxi as told by Maritza and Rosie.

Story-tellings include: David Martino/Claude Sicuro discussing the 406 Club (book making and betting in Biloxi); and Mayor FoFo Gilich & Friends (gambling at lodges and fraternal orders). 

You can see a sneak peak of the Cemetery Tour at the Slavonian Lodge, 159 Maple Street on October 15, at 5:30pm.

In keeping with tradition, this is a free public event but donations are welcome. The tour will showcase history-based reenactments at graveside. Walking entrance to the tour can be accessed from either the Highway 90 gate or from Irish Hill.  Parking at the adjacent Elks Lodge is highly encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.