Historic Markers Across Alabama

Home of Joe Cain

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: 906 Augusta Street, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 40.892    W 088° 3.247
  30.68153333    -88.05411666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Home of Joe Cain

Joseph Stillwell Cain Jr., recognized today as the patron saint of Mardi Gras in Mobile, purchased this plot of land in 1859 for $500, along with his wife of more than three years, Elizabeth Rabby Cain. The couple built a four-room classic revival cottage on what was then named New Hampshire Street. Here they raised a family of three girls and two boys. Joe Cain, who was the longtime clerk of Mobile's Southern Market, lived here at the time of his famous ride through Mobile with the Lost Cause Minstrels on Shrove Tuesday, February 25, 1868. The Cains remained here for nearly seventeen years, leaving for a new home in Bayou La Batre in 1877, where they lived until Joe Cain's death in 1904. Elizabeth Cain died there in 1907.

Alabama Historical Association 2017.


An Alabama Bicentennial 1819-2019 marker

End of Home of Joe Cain