Glenwood Cemetery, located in Yazoo City, dates back to at least 1856.  A stone marker notes the cemetery property was given to the city by Capt. John Willis and his wife Annie.  A simple marker is placed before a large plot near the creek where the bodies of many Confederate soldiers are buried.  An early newspaper article says they died in the Civil War hospital located on South Main Street.  Located not far from the fountain in Glenwood is a grave surrounded by chain links.  This is known as “The Witch’s Grave.”  The legend of the Witch that burned Yazoo City in 1904 became famous in a book written by Willie Morris.  Morris’ grave is located 13 steps south of the Witch’s grave.

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  1. Can someone tell me how large Glenwood Cemetery is?

    • Good morning, Ann. I have a call in to the City to find out for you.

      Thanks for posting. I will let you know as soon as I find out.

    • Sorry for the delay, Ann. I have not been able to find an exact figure, but by the estimation of the previous caretaker of Glenwood Cemetery, he is sure it is over 100 acres. I hope this helps you some. If I am able to find more accurate information, I will let you know.


  2. can someone tell me the size of Glenwood cemetery?

  3. Thanks so much for this information. I was just trying to compare Glenwood to Cedar Lawn in Jackson. Glenwood is always immaculate when we go to renew the flowers on my son’s grave (Gary B. Higgins). I wanted to get this compliment to someone there. Whenever I have a problem, the workers are ALWAYS helpful and courteous and there always seems to be someone working. Please give these words to whomever can pass this along. NOW, I want to say my parents are buried in Cedar Lawn in Jackson and that cemetery is deplorable!!! Earlier in the spring, we were there and worked over 2 1/2 hours just knocking down the weeds at four gravesites. We edged and put out (illegal I am sure) weedkiller to deter the regrowth. “They” say they have four full time workers in Jackson. I’ll tell you this, during the 2 1/2 hours we were there not a single person other than us was there!! Now I can’t remember how many acres they said were in Cedar Lawn but don’t believe it was anywhere near 100 acres. Thank you so very much for going to all the trouble to help me with this information. Hope your day is just super!!!

  4. Hi, I’m Mary Neely. My late husband John K. Neely is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery. He and his twin brother, Wilson Keven Neely, birthday is the 12th of July. I would like to sent flowers to the grave but need the exact location of the grave site. How would I find this information? I would appreciate any help that you can give me. Thanks. Enjoy you day. Mary

  5. Hi I am looking for my great grandparents grave aite. It is in your cemetery but I do not know where. I have a screen shot of it but I was wondering if you could tell me where to find it in the cemetery? The name is Frank Wilson Manning 1920 and my great grandmother is Mary Safari Manning. 1957. Thanks for any information

  6. Can you tell me where I might find a copy of the “rules” or codes by which the cemetery is governed. I’m particularly interested in how someone would be allowed to hold a fireworks display in a public cemetery.
    It seems like that would violate some sort of code…
    Thanks for your help.

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