Are there skeletons under the Biloxi Visitor’s Center?

The names are still unknown to this day of the group of long-lost French settlers whose skeletal remains were found by the Biloxi Visitor’s Center. The human bones started turning up after Hurricane Camille hit in 1969. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson spoke to local historians who believe there are many more skeletons yet to be found.
A weeping angel near the Biloxi Visitor’s Center now stands where archaeologists found more than 30 skeletal remains of European immigrants in 2009. Historians believe the City of Biloxi still has more skeletons left in the closet. Historic Librarian Jane Shambra said, “Considering how old this area is why would there only be thirty burials so close to the water?”
The human bones were first exposed after Hurricane Camille hit in 1969, back when Moran’s Art Gallery had a building on the property, now called the Moran site. Mary Moran with Moran’s Art Gallery said, “When we first found them, I couldn’t sleep for like three or four nights.”
The art gallery made a tourist attraction out of the skeletons by putting the bones on display underneath a glass floor of their gallery. Mary Moran swears the building was haunted. “We would hear footsteps going down the steps or you’d hear like thump, thump, thump, sounded like drums or something, playing, kind of creepy you know.”
When Hurricane Katrina destroyed the gallery in 2005, archeologists with the University of Mississippi gained permission to lead a dig, finding 32 skeletal remains, concluding the human bones were those of European immigrants who came to Biloxi in the early 1700s.
Since the dig was only allowed to be conducted in a certain section of the land right by the Visitor’s Center, how do we know there are not more skeletons underneath? Vincent Creel with the City of Biloxi Public Affairs said, “There may be bones under there. There may be bones at the old Tolace Manor site.”
An archeologist is required to be on site every time the City of Biloxi builds on historic property. Although no burials were uncovered during the building of the Visitor’s Center, there may be bones lying deeper underground or elsewhere in Biloxi. “A lot of communities like to say that they are historic and that they’re old, but we have found that that is the absolute truth in Biloxi because we see it all around us whenever we put a shovel in the ground,” said Creel.

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