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Queen Kelly Mitchell

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Often when we drive through Meridian, MS we will stop at Rose Hill Cemetery to see the Mitchell family plots. The Mitchells were a Roma (which many people call Gypsy) family, and they were royalty of their group. In fact, Kelly's stone calls her "Queen of the Gypsies" and her husband's stone calls him "King of the Gypsies".

There is *always* a fascinating collection of items on Kelly's stone, especially. The cross is always wrapped in Mardi Gras beads, and the flat area holds all kinds of different items. This is how the stone looked this weekend:
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I've got pictures of the stone from the visits during the last two years here on Flickr, and there's an excellent site here that talks about the family's history and their elaborate funeral traditions.

Next to the Mitchell area, this dogwood was blooming:
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