If headstones could talk . . .
The Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society (SDCHPS) will host a Walking History Tour in Old Live Oak Cemetery on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person. The public is invited.
The tour will feature historical figures who are buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery. They will be portrayed by Selma residents and SDCHPS board members. Vice President of the United States William Rufus DeVane King will be portrayed by Don King. Elodie Todd Dawson, Abraham Lincoln’s sister-in-law, will be portrayed by Cynthia Hammerle. Winston Williams will portray Benjamin Sterling Turner, the first black Congressman from Alabama. Vicky Stoudenmire, will portray noted artist Clara Weaver Parish and educator Sophia P. Kingston will be portrayed by Evelyn Cox. Other historical figures include Hattie Hooker Wilkins, William J. Hardee, Frank Hobbs, John Haralson, and George Washington Gayle. Collins Pettaway III will portray educator and businessman R.B. Hudson who is not buried in Old Live Oak but will make a special visit to the grave of Dr. Courtney J. Clark after whom the Clark School was named. Hudson served as Principal of Clark School for 41 years.
All proceeds of the tour will benefit the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and restore historic structures and locales in Selma and Dallas County. Founded 50 years ago, SDCHPS hosts the Historic Selma Pilgrimage. Among its historic properties it owns Kenan’s Mill, the Tremont School, Heritage Village and the Old YMCA on Broad Street.
For further information and tour tickets, contact event organizers Gery Anderson or Candi Duncan at (334) 412-8550 or visit our website at http://historicselma.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/historicselma