Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour

In its 318-year history, Biloxi has been home to some wonderful characters who have fascinating stories to tell. Over the last eleven years, the Preserve Biloxi Committee, a collaboration of City of Biloxi, Biloxi Main Street, Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, Biloxi Public Schools, Biloxi Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department, and University of Southern Mississippi History Department, has organized these cemetery tours to tell those stories and bring those characters to life. Some of the stories are well known such as Edward Barq and the creation of his namesake beverage but others are more obscure like Joseph “Dinker” Lamas being mauled by a bear at the Biloxi city zoo.

Through this short selection of tour stops, we hope you will get a better insight into our City’s rich and diverse history. We understand this small selection of stops doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of stories the cemetery has to tell and we look forward to adding on to the tour and bringing more history to life.

Bill Raymond
Historical Administrator
City of Biloxi

This project is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. For more information visit www.msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov

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