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Chatham County Historical Markers

Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820
  • Location: Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah

In this cemetery many victims of the

Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820

were buried.

Nearly 700 Savannahians died that year, including two local physicians who lost their lives caring for the stricken.

Several epidemics followed. In 1854 The Savannah Benevolent Association was organized to aid the families of the fever victims.

[This marker is not identified as to date or sponsor.]