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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Disasters. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1904.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Professor Frank Trigg (here, next to this marker); Virginia Theological Seminary and College (here, next to this marker); Removal of Federal Dead (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Memorial Arch (a few steps Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Lynchburg's Confederate Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Smallpox Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
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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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.