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'Tales from the Tomb' brings local history to life
Event June 10 at Eastside Cemetery
Tales from the Tomb

Some "residents" of Eastside Cemetery in Statesboro will come to life Sunday, in a manner of speaking, at the 2018 "Tales from the Tomb."

The event is an educational program of the Bulloch County Historical Society, where the life stories are told of several prominent local individuals who are buried in Eastside Cemetery.

The Tales from the Tomb event is set for Sunday inside the cemetery, with tours beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the last of the five tours starting at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10 each at the Statesboro Herald office at 1 Proctor St., and they will be available at the cemetery on Sunday. Also, there are some seats on golf carts for patrons in need of assistance during the tour.

Profiles this year include Julian and Pearl Brannen, Percy and Nan Bland, John Fletcher Darley Jr., Dr. Kemp Mabry, and Willie Heddleston. Well-known local actor Mical Whitaker will portray 19th-century ex-slave Aaron Munlin, who is the 2018 "guest spirit," one not buried in Eastside but elsewhere in Bulloch County. Elder Munlin was one of the organizers of Banks Creek Primitive Baptist Church in northern Bulloch County.

Historical Society President Joe McGlamery said, "Tales from the Tomb shares important information for a modern audience about the lives of Eastside Cemetery residents. Most of the Eastside 'residents' on the tour never would be included in history books, but for various reasons, they were important to this community."

More than 6,000 people have been buried among the rolling hills of Eastside Cemetery since the first internment took place in March of 1890, when a young printer named Willie Heddleston was buried there. Interestingly, Heddleston is among those residents being featured in the 2018 Tales from the Tomb.

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