Voices from the Past cemetery tour hosted by Montgomery Historical Society

Dr. Charles B. Stewart was a designer of the Lone Star Flag and an early leader in Texas and county government. He portrayed by Jack Shepherd and Pat Spacey, who portrayed Stewart's granddaughter.

A volunteer team of 13 reenactors, dressed in period costumes dating back to the American Revolution, portrayed some of Montgomery’s most prominent citizens of the past during a Voices of the Past cemetery tour on Oct. 12.

The historic cemeteries are Memorial Cemetery, which Montgomery County Historical Commission Chair Larry Foerster said started as an early burial ground for slaves, and the “Old Methodist Cemetery,” which dates from 1832 and served as the burial ground for every denomination. When that cemetery could not take any more burials in 1868, the city opened the New Montgomery City Cemetery.  Both the Memorial and the New cemeteries are still active burial sites.

Many of the reenactors who participated on Oct.12 are direct descendants of the prominent citizens who are buried in these cemeteries. They recited, in “first person,” a script that focused on the significance of those persons’ lives and their contributions to early Montgomery.

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Monroe W. Lawson was an African American WWI veteran who returned to Montgomery to teach and inspire his students. T J Wilkerson, one of his students, portrayed him. Wilkerson is a Montgomery city councilman and also a member of our Historical Commission.
Owen Shannon was one of the first setters in Shannon’s Prairie and one of two men buried in Montgomery County who fought in the American Revolution. He was portrayed by John his heir.
Thomas J Peel was an early settler in Montgomery, confederate soldier and store owner. He was portrayed by Frank Johnson, historian and member of the Historical Commission.
Ruben Simonton was an early county sheriff and leader in Montgomery, and was played by George Heit.
Rev. Thomas Chilton was an early Baptist preacher who died while preaching in his Montgomery Baptist church pulpit, and who also was a close friend and biographer of Davey Crocket. He was played by David White.

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