Spotlight on New Albany: Cemetery still has tales to tell

In this episode of Spotlight on New Albany, WTVA's Katrina Berry talks about the New Albany cemetery.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 1:46 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 4:57 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - The New Albany cemetery is quiet and serene. It tells a story in itself, with one of the earliest head stones dating from 1823-1847.

During the Civil War, the cemetery served as a campground since it was built on higher ground.

New Albany was founded in 1840 by a businessman named Moses Collins.

Becky Rinehart is a volunteer with the Union County Heritage Museum.

"He came here and was a land speculator. He came and built his own saw and grist mill, which was the first business in New Albany," Rinehart said.

You can see the life of Moses Collins in the Union County Heritage Museum.

Even his death shares a tale from the past.

"He has an inscription on the side. 'Remember youth as you pass me by, as you are now, so once was I, and as I am now, so you will be. Prepare for death and follow me,'" Rinehart said.

However, there's a story that during the Civil War some Union soldiers wrote under the inscription saying, "to follow you, we can't consent unless we know which way you went."

In 1878, yellow fever hit parts of Mississippi hard.

Trains were not allowed to stop in New Albany, preventing an epidemic in the city.

But some were not spared from the whooping cough.

The doctor who treated patients during that time is also buried there.

These are just some of the stories brought to life during the Tallahatchie River Player's portrayal of Lures and Legends along with depictions of other New Albany natives.

"Wandering souls are those who have roots in New Albany. They are not necessarily buried in the cemetery, but during the Legends and Lures trail we bring those characters back," Rinehart said.

Be sure to visit the historic cemetery, with stories still to tell.

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