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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Moran Site

 
 
Moran Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Moran Site Marker
At new location, along Porter Avenue, at Biloxi Visitors Center.
Inscription. Located here was a French Colonial cemetery, now known as the Moran Site. Based on archaeological investigations, the cemetery dates to the founding of "New Biloxy" between 1717 and 1722, and includes at least thirty burials, primarily male Europeans. Artifacts recovered from the site include ceramics, a French Colonial wine glass and a metal crucifix. The Moran Site is the oldest known French Colonial cemetery in the South and the second oldest in the United States.
 
Erected 2013 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 30° 23.722′ N, 88° 54.103′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Porter Avenue and Beach Boulevard (Highway 90), on the right when traveling north on Porter Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Moran Site History (here, next to this marker); French Colonial Memorial Garden (a few steps from this marker); Archaeological Findings
Moran Site Marker in new location, inside garden at Biloxi Visitors Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. Moran Site Marker in new location, inside garden at Biloxi Visitors Center.
Former location, at Biloxi Lighthouse, in background.
(a few steps from this marker); The Memorial Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evolution of Biloxi Tourism (within shouting distance of this marker); Biloxi Lighthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Biloxi.
 
More about this marker. Marker was moved from the Biloxi Lighthouse, nearby, to a memorial garden added to the grounds of the Biloxi Visitors Center.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
 
Former location of marker near lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 5, 2013
3. Former location of marker near lighthouse
Former location of Moran Site marker on Highway 90 median. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 5, 2013
4. Former location of Moran Site marker on Highway 90 median.
A nearby sign, in the memorial garden, providing more information about the Moran Site. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
5. A nearby sign, in the memorial garden, providing more information about the Moran Site.
 
 
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