Rose Hill Cemetery Costumed Tour

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Meridian, Miss. Meridian is full of history, and a lot of its history is at Rose Hill Cemetery.

The oldest grave marker is from the 1850s. However, the cemetery was in use before that time. But the wooden markers that were common then have succumbed to the passage of time.

This year is the 5th anniversary of the Rose Hill Historic Costumed Cemetery Tour, and organizers are planning an additional tour to accommodate more people.

The 2014 tour will be dedicated to the man who had the idea for the costumed tours and helped saved the cemetery during the 1980s.

Anne McKee, the director of the costumed tour says, "We are dedicating this tour to Mr. W. Walton Moore, Jr., who actually saved this cemetery from ruin in the 1980s. And we are having a 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. tour."

Rose Hill Cemetery is a well documented cemetery which makes it easy to know the history of those buried there.

Twenty-five people will have their stories told during the tour this year, including that of the Kelly Mitchell, the queen of the gypsies.

Gypsy Williams, one of the volunteers participating in the tour, gives us an example of what the tour is like.

"Here we are standing at the Mitchell family plot in Rose Hill Cemetery. This is where all of Kelly Mitchell’s relatives are buried and she is the queen of the gypsies and she is why Meridian is known as The Queen City."

A lot of history will be told during the tour that is expected to draw its largest crowd yet.

Dede Mogollon, the director of Meridian Tourism says, "People love cultural tourism; they love to come and hear about history and this tour has continued to grow. This tour has over 2,000 that come and that will just grow this year with two tours that are offered."

The tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. and then again at 6 p.m.