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Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 | Savannah GA

Savannah GA is a city rich with history. Simply walk the streets, and you are surrounded by it. In Colonial Park Cemetery, there is a marker commemorating a dark time in the city’s history – the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820. In this historic cemetery is a mass grave where nearly 700 victims of the deadly virus are buried. On this episode of Stories Secrets and Sagas, we explore the cemetery and the epidemic that brought many Savannahians here well before their time.

Interesting Facts About The Yellow Fever Epidemic

  • 1 Close to 700 people, some say exactly 666, lost their lives to the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 and are buried in this mass grave in Colonial Park Cemetery.
  • 2 By historical accounts, the name “yellow fever” was first used in 1744.
  • 3 The yellow fever virus is transferred and carried by mosquitoes and first occurred in the U.S. in the late 1690s.
  • 4 Savannah GA suffered three separate outbreaks of Yellow Fever, first in 1820, then again in 1854 and the worst of all in 1876.
  • 5 Yellow Fever was also known as “Stranger’s Disease” because it seemed to afflict newcomers in the port.

Visit Colonial Park Cemetery | Savannah GA

Colonial Park Cemetery
200 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: November – March: 8am – 5pm; March-November: 8am – 8pm

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