The Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies in Meridian

MISSISSIPPI - The Rose Hill Cemetery has a long history in Meridian, Mississippi. In 1874, the cemetery was established. In the late 19th century, it became a place for the burial of notable citizens.

The Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies in Meridian


The Graves of the King and Queen of the Gypsies in Meridian, Mississippi


The Gypsy Queen was buried here. She is estimated to have gathered over 20,000 people for her funeral. This was the most attended grave in Mississippi.

The King and Queen of the Gypsies lived a nomadic lifestyle. They traveled through the country and Europe. Their tribes maintained a culture for centuries. In the mid-1950s, their caravans stopped passing through the state.

Today, visitors can still visit the graves of the gypsy family. Their graves are marked with exciting mementos. They include a stuffed bear, faded Mardi Gras beads, a pacifier, and a hotel room key. They also have a sack of fast food. These items are believed to bring good luck.

The tombstone of the Queen is usually decorated with apples and wine bottles. Beads, pins, and Mardi Gras beads are also placed on her grave. She is believed to solve problems for those who leave a trinket on her grave.

The cemetery has a lot of visitors, and these people are mostly tourists. But there are some local descendants of the tribal members. They are often the ones who leave a gift on the Queen's grave.

A remembrance ceremony will be held on February 4th at 2 p.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery Company. This event will include stories and a play by the Rose Hill Players. The players are a volunteer drama troupe. They perform an annual show.