The inscription on the base of this statue reads:
Erected by the Natchez Drug Company to the memory of the unfortunate employees who lost their lives in the great disaster that destroyed its building on March 14, 1908.
Carrie O. Murray
Luella D. Booth
Mary E. Worthy
These girls were all between the ages of 14 and 20. From talking to friends and relatives, I believe a fire was the disaster that destroyed the Natchez Drug Company.
This statue has been called "The Turning Angel" for as long as anyone can remember and the name has always inspired both terror and glee in the youngsters of this area.
The back of this angel is to the road that runs along the outside of the cemetery. When I was a young girl (actually, even when my mom was a young girl), it was somewhat of a "rite of passage" to drive past the cemetery at night and see the angel turn to watch you go by. Of course, the statue doesn't actually turn but an optical illusion caused by a car's headlights makes it seem so.
If you were to stand on the side of the road as a car of young girls drove by, you would certainly hear squeals of horror followed by howls of laughter.