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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Joe Cain

October 10, 1832 - April 17, 1904

 
 
Joe Cain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
1. Joe Cain Marker
Inscription. Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr. was born along Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama. Joe served as a clerk for the city, and developed many mystic societies within the city. The Civil War brought all Mardi Gras Festivities to a halt. Cain had participated in Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865, and returned to Mobile determined to revive the celebration. In 1866, while under Union occupation, Joe Cain paraded through the streets of Mobile, dressed in a costume as a fictional Chickasaw Chief named Slacabamorinico. The following year Joe was joined by others, parading in a decorated coal wagon, playing drums and horns. The Sunday before Fat Tuesday, Joe Cain Day is celebrated as part of the scheduled Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile. This has been called "The People's Parade" because it is performed by citizens without being run by a specific Mardi Gras krewe. The parade is preceded with the visit of the "Cain's Merry Widows" to the gravesite of their "departed husband". Each Mardi Gras on Joe Cain Day, members of this society dress in funeral black with veils, lay a wreath at Cain's burial site In Church Street Graveyard to wail over their departed husband's grave, then to Joe Cain's house on Augusta Street to offer a toast and eulogy to their "beloved Joe" continuously arguing over which widow was his favorite. Joe Cain
Joe Cain Café image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
2. Joe Cain Café
built a tradition of Mardi Gras parades and is largely credited with the rebirth of Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama.
 
Location. 30° 41.588′ N, 88° 2.466′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of North Royal Street and St Francis Street, on the right when traveling north on North Royal Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 North Royal Street, Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Forbes & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchants National Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Sixth Mobile Theatre (about 300 feet away); Mobile City Limits (about 300 feet away); In Memory of the Battle of Mobile Bay (about 500 feet away); Old Slave Markets (about 700 feet away); To Jean Baptiste LeMoyne (about 700 feet away); Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Joe Cain. (Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Merry Widows. (Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Encyclopedia of Alabama article on Joe Cain.
Joe Cain Café menu. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
3. Joe Cain Café menu.
(Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Joe Cain as "Slacabamorinico" image. Click for full size.
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4. Joe Cain as "Slacabamorinico"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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