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Calvary Yellow Fever Memorial

In Memoriam The Outbreak Of Yellow Fever Which Scourged Memphis In 1878 Has Been Termed "The Most Severe Epidemic Ever To Afflict An American City Relative To Its Size." More Than Half The City's Population Fled In Terror. Of The 20,000 Who Stayed, 17,600 Caught The Deadly Disease And 5,150 Died. Many Of The Catholic Memphians Who Perished Were Buried At Calvary. Here Also Were Interred Victims Of The Fever Epidemics Of 1867, 1873 And 1879. Among Those Unfortunates Whose Mortal Remains Rest Here, There Were Without Question Many Heroic Martyrs - Brave Men And Women Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice While Serving The Stricken. Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine Et Lux Perpetua Luceat Fis Dedicated By Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., D.D. Bishop Of Memphis All Souls Day 1990 Given By: Jim And Barbara Taylor Robert J. Kaplan, M.D. Christine Mroz Loeb, M.D. Historian, Franklin M. Wright Ph.D.