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People with difficulty walking long distances needn worry about maneuvering through the cemetery. A limited number of golf carts will be available, but they just get people near the scene. They have to walk up to join the crowd.

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Mr. Collier and Mr. Butler of Collier Butler Funeral Home fame were buried together in Forrest Cemetery. Mr. Butler will be represented in the walk.

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McArthur said there are 12 new characters this year, and an equal number not returning, making for a total of 52 characters weeks before the event.

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None of the people featured in the timeline are buried in Forrest Cemetery not even Sansom, who is buried in Texas.

13 at Forrest Cemetery

The event now has seven board members: Craig and Susan Boden, Carol Carlisle, Morgan, Clayton, Elliott and McArthur.

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The event started as and continues to be a fundraiser for the cemetery. Organizers wanted something affordable and made a very affordable choice: free. Funds raised are through donations only.

Visitors and cast members alike park at the old Gadsden High School and are transported by trolley to the cemetery.

The vast number of characters means there are repeats from previous years, but that doesn mean people who been before should skip it this year. No one can get to all 52 characters in a day, and there are the 12 new characters.

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first year and kept visitors from seeing all they would like. If a cast member is not a descendant or doesn feel up to the task, McArthur will write the script.

have no ghosts, no spooks, McArthur said. go then because October is traditionally drier and cooler. event began with local history and genealogy buffs Artie Morgan and Sherry Clayton, McArthur said.

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don have a lot of actors, McArthur said. and a lot of school teachers. Lawyers and school teachers don mind talking in front of people. and board member Laura Elliott emphasized that while the event is in October and takes place in a cemetery, it has nothing to do with Halloween. It strictly about history.

When descendants aren available, the roles are filled by history enthusiasts from all walks of life.

A more recently deceased member of the community who will be portrayed is June Bugg, who served in the Alabama House of Representatives and was Nike Air Max Uptempo Spurs instrumental in securing funding that supports the Etowah Youth Orchestras.

While living history walks in other cemeteries in other towns feature many actors, Walk Through Time organizers try to get descendants of the deceased whenever possible. This year, one descendant is coming all the way from Virginia. Hugh Carter will portray James Mattison Chadwick, a brick mason and minister who did all the bricks on Broad Street from Second Street on up after much of downtown was destroyed by fire. Each building is supposed to feature a cross, except for a business owned by a Jewish family. That building still features a Star of David.

Morgan has a relative who lives in Huntsville who worked on a history walk in a cemetery there. Morgan told Clayton, and they figured if Huntsville could do it, so could Gadsden. They planned it and presented their plans to the City Council and the Forrest Cemetery Foundation board, and got the go ahead.

But plenty of the dead at Forrest Cemetery will be represented by storytellers in period dress, acting as the deceased.

Not only do cast members write their own scripts, they come up with their own costumes and props. McArthur said one woman set up a whole living room, another brought a teacher desk and one year Hardin had a shopping cart.

pretty much in character. task takes many people, and the event has added participants since its beginning four years ago. But only a few have been performing from the start. Craig Boden dressed in period costume and played the hammer dulcimer the first year and has portrayed an ancestor ever since. McArthur, Bobby Welch, Sheila Freeman and Craig Scott also have participated since the beginning.

Among those featured will be Hazel Brannon Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner who grew up in Alabama City, and Duke Cloakey, one of eight American soldiers involved in an international assassination plot.

on the foundation board and found it interesting.

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Funds raised this year will go toward repairing the roof on the cemetery chapel, which is a desperate need, McArthur said.

became something more than a fundraiser, McArthur said. became a very enjoyable history lesson. added, engages people into wanting to know more. portrayers keep it engaging.

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The timeline begins in 1813, as Andrew Jackson and the Tennessee Volunteers passed through on their way to fight the Creeks, and 1863, of course, belongs to Emma Sansom. Mitchell Elementary School Principal Russ Waits portraying his school namesake, and you can touch on 1963 without talking about civil rights.

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