French Memorial Garden Weeping Angel
In the early 1700’s, “New Biloxi” served as a staging ground for thousands of European Immigrants brought over to work the inland concessions. A cemetery near the present-day Biloxi Lighthouse and Visitors Center was first revealed in 1969 after Hurricane Camille damaged the Moran Art Studio that stood there. The burials were left in place, but the public could view them through a plexiglass window placed on the floor of the studio. The cemetery was fully exposed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Archaeological and bio-archaeological investigations conducted between 2007 and 2009 by the University of Southern Mississippi Yielded approximately 30 male skeletal remains. This discovery signified this site as the oldest known French Colonial Cemetery in the South and second oldest in the United States. On December 20, 2013, these European descents were re-interred to their original resting ground, and a rose garden was planted. On March 6, 2017, the MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area delivered a Weeping Angel carved from Carrera Marble by an Italian sculptor to reside over the garden. Visit the French Colonial Memorial Garden and Weeping Angel at 1050 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, MS.
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Harrison County is the perfect destination for any seafood lovin’ aficionado. The county was established in 1898 and is widely considered to be one of the top seafood capitals of the world. Patrons can visit the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum & Beauvoir to learn more about the deep history of seafood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The museum also showcases the famous Biloxi Schooners, authentic replica oyster ships from the early 1900’s that sail along the Gulf of Mississippi.
Fun Fact: The Mississippi State shell is the Oyster.