The Unexplained: Who was the mysterious Lady in Red?

Oh, what a macabre find!  It was a cast metal coffin—a coffin that had a glass window in it, so you could peer in at the deceased.

Lady in Red was a tune that was released in 1986  and made writer, Cris de Burgh, an international hit.  It is an emotional and haunting song with a striking video to go with.  This is what comes to my mind when I hear the words, Lady in Red.

There was another semi-famous Lady in Red that lived in Mississippi in the 1800s—before the Civil War.

It was in a picturesque setting, The Egypt Plantation, that his Lady in Red was discovered in 1969.  To this very day, no one knows her real name.  She is a mystery woman. Here are the unusual circumstances.

Sara Marie Hogg

On that day in 1969, some men were doing some grimy work on the grounds of The Egypt Plantation, near Cruger, Mississippi.  They were using a backhoe to install new septic lines.  When the backhoe had gone down about three feet in a garden spot, It clanked on something hard.  It was a large object and the men proceeded with caution.

Oh, what a macabre find!  It was a cast metal coffin—a coffin that had a glass window in it, so you could peer in at the deceased.  They could see the occupant.  She was a young woman with long brown hair, and she was wearing a red velvet dress.  Later it would be determined that she had on white gloves and boots with square toes.

She was in excellent condition, as this strange type of coffin was meant to be filled with liquid preservative—in this case, alcohol—and sealed.  The backhoe had smashed the glass and spilled the alcohol.

The Fisk Coffin—aka Fisk Mummy—was made of cast metal as a way to house diseased corpses.  It could be filled with liquid preservative and sealed and inventor Almond Fisk got it patented in 1845.

The Lady in Red—who could she possibly be?  Was she buried there on purpose?

Did her coffin fall off a wagon at that spot, as many think?  An equal number of people feel that she was a passenger on a paddleboat that was going down the Yazoo River, nearby.

Her birth date was estimated to be 1835.

She was reburied in Lexington’s Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Her headstone says:

Lady in Red found on Egypt Plantation 1835-1969.

Naturally, I was curious as to if I could find any images of her on the day she was accidentally exhumed.  If there are any, I did not find them.  I guess that is a good thing.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Gris Gris, a novel of murder and voodoo in New Orleans. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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