Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Court Street Baptist Church Tragedy
On October 16, 1876, a tragic “false alarm” panic at the old Court Street Baptist Church resulted in the deaths of eight people attending a wedding reception there. One of these young women, Maria Wilson, age 17, is buried nearby.
No tombstones can be found for the others:
Maria S. Ransom, Mary Henry, Emma Powell, Adeline Burks, Lucinda Cox, Virginia Robinson, and Mildred Walls.
Location. 37° 24.942′ N, 79° 9.407′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Professor Frank Trigg (here, next to this marker); Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Crippled Corps and VM.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Section (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg’s Confederate Surgeons Silas Green (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden (Submitted on May 28, 2014.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.