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A historic cemetery tour brings the dead back to life

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New Albany's Historical Society is bringing it's dead, back to life. It's not spooky or scary, it's a fun and educational way to relive New Albany's past.

"We have over 30,000 stories to tell and every year we go in and pick 5 or 6 ones, do the research on them, so we can educate people in New Albany about their rich heritage," said Barbara Roller, living history coordinator.

It's the stories behind the stones, the tour walks people through Fairview Cemetery where actors will portray people of the past.

"This year we're having George Jewitt Meekin who was a professional baseball player in 1894," said Zoller.

Meekin learned how to play ball in the sandlots of New Albany, and went on to pitch for the New York Giants.

"Nobody knew he was in there, he was in the cemetery for a long time without a marker," said Zoller.

Meekin is just one of several historic people portrayed in this years event. It's a way to remember many of New Albany's first families, with it's current ones.

"You see all these names that were part of New Albany's history it really gets you interested in what was going on and what happened to them and why they ended up there," said Zoller.
 
There are four nights to choose from: September 20, 21, 27 and 28. They are also offering handicapped accessible tours. The 6:00pm tour each evening will have a golf cart to take guests on the cemetery tour.  
Call 945-7601 for more information.

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