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A Devoted Doctor and Man's Best Friend
One of the most photographed statues in the state of Mississippi honors a young man, his devoted dog and so much more.
This is the grave of Benson Mott Lockwood. Benjamin died when he was 26. It was a heartbreaking loss for his family and for those practicing medicine in Mississippi. At the time of his death, Benson was a noted physician in Mississippi. He was the son of a doctor and a leader in the field. The young doctor was well respected by his colleagues in Mississippi. Not much is known about his death. Only that he was born in 1870 and died in 1896. We only know he died too soon. He had a devoted dog that followed him everywhere. So this statue honors the man and his best friend.
Lockwood was married and he and his wife had one son who, tragically, died at the age of 13, due to an illness of some kind.
In a handwritten death notice that his grandparents shared, they noted that the young boy was pure of spirit and was "caught by an army of angels and sought beyond the stars to the glory land".
The grave and monument are located in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
© 2017 Shannon Ballard