2nd Annual Yellow Fever Tour & Symposium


The Yellow Fever Martyrs Church and Museum, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is excited to announce our 2nd annual Yellow Fever Tour and Symposium, to be held at the Yellow Fever Martyrs Church and Museum on Saturday, August 24th, starting at 10 A.M.

The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 was one of the most important events to occur in Holly Springs, and resulted in the deaths of entire families, the loss of businesses and fortunes and the near extinction of our town. Myths and legends of the Yellow Fever continue to be told in Holly Springs and beyond over 140 years after this tragic event.

On August 24th, the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum invites you to visit one of the most interesting museums in the Mid-South and learn the truth behind many of these stories and legends. The Yellow Fever Tour and Symposium is a half-day event to be held at the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum and nearby Hill Crest Cemetery. Come hear discussions from local historians, professors and Yellow Fever scholars, and participate in a panel discussion on one of the most enduring legends from the Yellow Fever Epidemic. The event will conclude with a guided tour of Yellow Fever monuments and markers in historic Hill Crest Cemetery.

The Yellow Fever Tour and Symposium is free to the public, though donation to the Museum are requested.  The Museum is located at 305 E. College Ave, in Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635.  Parking is available along College Avenue near the Museum.

If you have further questions or concerns, please email us at phillip@yellowfevermartyrs.com.


Schedule of Events


10:00- 11:00: Presentation:


Dr. Deanne Stephens (University of Southern Mississippi)


11:00- 12:00: Presentation:


Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott (University of Mississippi)

12:00- 1:00: Lunch (on your own)


1:00- 2:00: Panel Discussion:


“The Legend of the Yellow Fever Mass Grave”


2:00- 3:00: Hill Crest Cemetery Guided Tour