Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Victims of the Yellow Fever
Victims of the Yellow
Fever Epidemics of
1853, 1858, 1867, 1871
and 1887 - 88 who are
Buried in Oaklawn
Erected 1997 by Tampa Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 27° 57.265′ N, 82° 27.445′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from East Harrison Street near North Morgan Street. Located in the Oaklawn Cemetery, near the East Harrison Street entrance, along the walkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 29 Sea Captains and Mariners (here, next to this marker); Confederate States Soldiers and Sailors (here, next to this marker); Tampa Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Brooke Mass Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy (within U.S.S. Sagamore (within shouting distance of this marker); Oaklawn and St. Louis Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Priests' Graves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding Victims of the Yellow Fever. Yellow Fever, Mass Grave; The second mass grave (in the cemetery)contains an undetermined number of yellow fever victims. Tampa, like many Southern coastal towns and cities, was seasonally assailed by this often-fatal form of tropical hemorrhagic fever, known throughout the South as “yellow jack,” or “bilious fever.” Tampa had five outbreaks between 1850 and 1905. The worst was 1887-1888 and – not knowing the cause of the illness – locals hastily buried victims en masse, hoping to stem contagion. Ironically a local doctor, John P. Wall (also buried at Oaklawn), was correct in suggesting that yellow fever was spread by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, but he was widely disbelieved.
(Historic Guides and the Tampa Historical Society)
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