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It all started in 1861. As the Civil War was beginning, Bishop Elder realized that Plot 1, was filling up--don’t forget that our early church members from Spanish Days were being transferred from the graveyard where the basilica grounds are located. (The Catholic Board of Trustees bought this ground in 1823 just as The Natchez Cemetery opens.)
J.E.Guercio, Chairman for StMBA
Rosary procession in St. Mary Basilica
Due to inclement weather, the annual All Souls Day Rosary Procession, which is normally held at the Natchez City Cemetery, was held inside St. Mary Basilica. A replica of the original holy card depicting St. Maria Goretti and listing the relics of saints in the marble alter stone of St. Mary Cathedral was given to participants… View slideshow
Catholic Hill – Natchez City Cemetery