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"Walk Among the Shadows" Tour Brings Dublin's Old City Cemetery to Life
"Walk Among the Shadows" Tour Brings Dublin's Old City Cemetery to Life

A performance of "Walk Among The Shadows,” Dublin's living history tours of the Old City Cemetery, will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, 4pm - 6pm in the Old City Cemetery located at 305 ½ W. Gaines Street in downtown Dublin. Designed to raise awareness of the historical value of the cemetery, "Walk Among the Shadows" shares Dublin's history using actors in period attire, increases tourism, and focuses on beautifying downtown.

Each tour lasts one hour, with tour times scheduled for 4 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased by calling 478-277-5074 or visiting Theatre Dublin’s box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anna Montford Shepard, event coordinator for the Dublin-Laurens Historical Society, desires for the public “to embrace the historical importance of Dublin's old city cemetery and pay respect to those settlers, builders and noted citizens buried there, including my ancestors. They are not forgotten, nor their contribution to making Dublin into a city.  These cemetery tours are a living history, and an outdoor art museum which needs to be protected and preserved.  The community's support is critical to preserve, restore, enhance and share Dublin's Old City Cemetery.  Seeing the Old City Cemetery restored, headstones repaired, and friends taking an interest in the appearance of the grounds has been heartwarming.  Bringing awareness of the cemetery's existence to the community has been encouraging for me to continue efforts to save the cemetery's history.”

Tara Bradshaw, Main Street Dublin Director and Dublin Downtown Development Authority appreciates the opportunity to showcase downtown Dublin, saying, “What a wonderful opportunity to highlight our beautiful old cemetery and share the history behind the gravestones. This event is outdoor theatre and storytelling at its best, and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful event downtown.”

Beautification of the Old City Cemetery included building entrances with brick and stone once used for Dublin's old city sidewalks.  Square planters, which now adorn Old City Cemetery's column entrances, formerly decorated the old Northview Cemetery column entrances. New benches were dedicated to Reverend and Mrs. Jack Key from their Sunday School Class, and Keep Dublin-Laurens Beautiful dedicated an additional bench honoring Scott Thompson and Anna Shepard. Two benches, found in pieces lying in weeds, were repaired and placed in the cemetery. Eagle Scouts, the City of Dublin, and community volunteers devoted much time to cleaning gravesites, trimming hedges, stacking bricks, pulling weeds, and repairing headstones and graves.

The City of Dublin, Downtown Development Authority, Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council, and Dublin-Laurens Historical Society invite you to experience the beauty of the Old City Cemetery during “Walk Among the Shadows”, and enjoy its return to a lovely park-like atmosphere.

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