Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Sisters of Mercy
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Love and Compassion
In 1878 the Sisters of Mercy took over the local hospital during a yellow fever epidemic. The hospital was named "Mercy Hospital" and the Catholic nuns served for over 100 years.
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Many of the "Sisters" are buried together at Cedar Hill which is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the country. The Soldiers Rest section is the final resting place for over 5,000 Confederate soldiers who served in the Civil War.
The Sisters of Mercy Convent and School encompassed this whole city block. Today, as the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, it stands as a legacy and testament to their dedication of helping others.
The school and convent were originally in the Cobb House (middle) built in 1830. The convent and chapel (far right) were added in 1868, the auditorium (far left) was added in 1885, and the other structures (behind), were added through the mid-1900s.
Erected 2017 by National Park Service's Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative and the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 20.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker located across the street from the former Sisters of Mercy Convent and School building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1018 Crawford Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Debate and Decision (here, next to this marker); Pemberton Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); John D. Cobb House (within shouting distance of this marker); Balfour House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Anti-Dueling Society (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherry Street (about 300 feet away); City of Steeples (about 400 feet away); 901, 905, 913 Crawford Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Regarding Sisters of Mercy. The building is now the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. A Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center consists of five historic buildings ranging from 1830-1955. It formerly served as the St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy and is currently the place to be for cultural programming including art workshops, ballroom dances lessons, concerts, lectures, cooking workshops, exhibits, free after school art programs, photography workshops
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . Mercy Health System website. (Submitted on November 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.