Tuscumbia in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Yellow Fever Epidemic 1878 / The 31 Victims of Yellow Fever Who died in Tuscumbia
Taking 31 Lives in Tuscumbia
Citizen's Relief Committee:
This committee, together with volunteers of both white and black~~ assisted by trained nurses brought from Memphis~~ nursed the sick, carried supplies, prepared the bodies, dug graves, and buried the dead.
Doctors, Serving around the clock:
Robert T. Abernathy, Samuel J. Cooper, William C. Cross, William Desprez (who gave his all, his life) and E. P. Rand.
Belcher, Crabtree, Boldman, Mrs. Amy, Christina, Anna C., Clark, Mr. (?), Clark, W. A. Cooper, DeWitt, Desprez, Dr. William, Finley, Samuel, Gilbert, Mrs. W. A., Halpine, Mrs. Bettie Jones, Miss Bartie, Jones, Mrs. W. H., King, L., Manush, F. and Wife Morton, Tom, Newsome, Alexander, Osborne, Sandy, Prout, Ed, Rather, Mrs. G. T. Ross, Mrs. F. A., Smoot, Helen, Smoot, Mrs. T.L., Stamps, Mr. and Mrs. W.L., Ventress, Robert Warren, Mervyn, Williams,
Erected 1977 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 44.262′ N, 87° 42.214′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and North Commons Street, on the left when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. In Front of Helen Keller Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 North Main Street, Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ethel Davis Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ivy Green (about 600 feet away); William Winston Home (about 700 feet away); At This Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Challenge / The Response (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Moon Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Colbert County Courthouse Square District (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscumbia.
Also see . . . Yellow Fever. Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease. The virus is a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. (Submitted on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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