Unmarked grave is now a historical marker - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Unmarked grave is now a historical marker

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Most would likely say a man who lived 130 years, considered to be not only the last American slave to die, but also the last Civil War veteran should have earned a pretty significant grave marker.

For more than 40 years that man, Sylvester Magee didn't have a head stone, but today he not only got a marker he received a historical monument.

Several people gathered in the small grave yard of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church Thursday morning in Foxworth to see the unveiling of the head stone of Sylvester Magee.

"This man deserved it. He deserved everything that he got today," said Vice President of the Marion County Historical Society, Brandi Perry.

What Magee got were honorable sentiments told by community leaders, residents showing respect, and according Perry, a state land mark for his head stone.

"The stone is beautiful. It is something he will be remembered for years to come now. It's probably one of the biggest days in Marion County historical history," said Perry.

This historical monument contains brief details of Magee's life.

"This man went from being, you know, in institutionalized slavery to a free man. He owned land. He owned property, but looking back on what he experienced in his life its just fantastic," said Perry.

The unveiling turned into a family reunion for Magee's grand children and great grand children. Some coming from Arizona, Tennessee, and Alabama. A few expressing gratitude.

"It means a whole lot to me. Simply because my granddad didn't have no marker. I just appreciate everything that everybody done here in Marion County and all over," said Granddaughter of Magee,  Mary Hayes.

Magee's granddaughter, Betty Fairley, says she is glad she finally has a place to visit her grandfather.

"We will be coming and bringing flowers, and visiting knowing that's where my grandfather is," said Fairley.

The family gathering brought feelings of nostalgia for granddaughter, Estella Muhammad. Seeing the monument made her realized it is a sight her mother, Magee's daughter, never got a chance to see happen.

"I know my mother her spirit, and poppa are here.  It's a wonderful wonderful day for them," said Muhammad.

Copyright 2012 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Lane, road closures could affect Hub City drivers

    Lane, road closures could affect Hub City drivers

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:46 AM EST2017-12-13 16:46:25 GMT

    Multiple lane and road closures could affect drivers in the Hub City over the next several days. The City of Hattiesburg announced the road projects Wednesday morning.

    More >>

    Multiple lane and road closures could affect drivers in the Hub City over the next several days. The City of Hattiesburg announced the road projects Wednesday morning.

    More >>
  • BBB warns of 'Secret Sister Gift Exchange' - Facebook's favorite holiday scam

    BBB warns of 'Secret Sister Gift Exchange' - Facebook's favorite holiday scam

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:26 AM EST2017-12-13 12:26:37 GMT
    A screenshot of one Secret Santa Gift Exchange on social media. (Source: Twitter screenshot)A screenshot of one Secret Santa Gift Exchange on social media. (Source: Twitter screenshot)

    It seems like harmless social media fun, but for the last several years, the Secret Sister Gift Exchange post has tricked a lot of giving people on Facebook.  But, a reminder: this is a scam.  

    More >>

    It seems like harmless social media fun, but for the last several years, the Secret Sister Gift Exchange post has tricked a lot of giving people on Facebook.  But, a reminder: this is a scam.  

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg Police PAL program aims to encourage children

    Hattiesburg Police PAL program aims to encourage children

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:55 PM EST2017-12-13 03:55:02 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    It was a gang related crime spree that spiraled out of control in Hattiesburg Monday. Now the councilman from that ward is speaking out. Hattiesburg's Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown gave his thoughts about the acts of violence. While he hopes his words help curb the violence, WDAM goes inside the Hattiesburg Police Athletic League, to learn more about the program aimed at preventing future teens from going down a violent path. Councilman Nicholas Brown said, "I want to call ou...

    More >>

    It was a gang related crime spree that spiraled out of control in Hattiesburg Monday. Now the councilman from that ward is speaking out. Hattiesburg's Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown gave his thoughts about the acts of violence. While he hopes his words help curb the violence, WDAM goes inside the Hattiesburg Police Athletic League, to learn more about the program aimed at preventing future teens from going down a violent path. Councilman Nicholas Brown said, "I want to call ou...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly