Saturday, May 1, 2010

Historic Elmwood Cemetery

This may sound weird to some people, but a few weeks ago on my lunch break, I went to Elmwood Cemetery to take some photographs. This is a beautiful place to go walk around. There are generals, senators, governors, mayors and madams buried here. More than 1,000 Civil War Confederate soldiers and veterans are buried here.
During the 1870's, there were several outbreaks of yellow fever in Memphis,TN. There were over 5,000 fatalities here in Memphis alone and over 20,000 along the entire Mississippi River Valley. There are about 2,500 of these Memphis victims buried here. Of course, there are a lot of ordinary citizens buried here as well. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia) A lot of the people buried here were obviously very wealthy. The headstones and statues on their graves let us know that. I wanted to go out there to photograph some of these statues. These are just some of the pictures that I took. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend a stroll through Elmwood. You could spend hours there reading headstones. You can also take a guided tour to hear about their history.

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