Update in the Turning Angel Story

From: WAPT 16 ABC

Historic Natchez Foundation:

The Turning Angel statue is the most well known monument in the Natchez City Cemetery. It was installed by the Natchez Drug Company to commemorate the lives of five young women who were killed when a gas leak caused the company's building to explode on March 14, 1908. The statue was recently damaged when it was pushed from its pedestal in a random act of vandalism. Kudos to the Natchez Police Department for quickly identifying and arresting the suspect.

The Natchez City Cemetery Association has established a fund for the repair and restoration of the statue. Donations can be sent to:

Natchez City Cemetery

Turning Angel Fund

P.O. Box 1738

Natchez, MS 39121


The Natchez Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the vandalism of the 112-year-old “Turning Angel” monument. The statue at the Natchez City Cemetery is a landmark and has been in its spot since it was placed there by the owner of the Natchez Drug Company. The monument commemorates five girls who were killed in a building explosion in 1908. The angel was found Wednesday toppled off its pedestal with one of the wings broken. The damage was estimated at $40,000, cemetery officials said.


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