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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