Old Biloxi Cemetery
Located adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, between Beach Boulevard and Irish Hill Drive, this cemetery is steeped with antiquity. With graves dating back to the 19th century, this landmark is the burial place of many important figures to the region and country.
One of the most notable figures laid to rest in the Old Biloxi Cemetery is Juan de Cuevas. His name is featured on the official historical marker in front of the cemetery as the “Hero of Cat Island War of 1812.”Juan de Cuevas and his family defended their home, Cat Island, off the Mississippi Coast during the War of 1812. According to reports, he fired shots at the British fleet in the decisive Battle of New Orleans. Medal of Honor recipient, Charles Bessey, is also buried here. He was lauded for his actions in the Indian Wars of the Western United States. Bessey is alongside many other Veterans, including Brigadier General Joseph Robert Davis (nephew of Confederate President Jefferson Davis), Henri Eugene Tiblier (Civil War), Francis Crofton Duncan (Spanish American War), Lyman C. Bradford (World War 2) and Julius J. Sablich, III (World War 2). Other notable plots are George Ohr, The Mad Potter of Biloxi, and seafood pioneer, Lazaro Lopez.
A $300,000 project to restore the oldest section of the cemetery was completed in efforts to offset the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 2016 will be the 10th annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour. Each year features a different theme, complete with reenactments of those buried beneath the headstones. The theme in 2015 was “Building Biloxi,” featuring nine different stops showing important figures in the history of Biloxi.