More than 700 people visited the Biloxi City Cemetery Tuesday to meet some of the most colorful characters who posed as reincarnates of Biloxi’s bygone days.
The fifth annual cemetery tour theme was “Schooners, Shrimpers and Sailors” and featured re-enactors such as a schooner captain and crew member who died in a storm in 1916, seafood factory workers and owners, and the storied ‘Hermit of Deer Island.’
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The cemetery tour has won statewide acclaim and is organized by the city, Main Street Biloxi, the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the Local History and Genealogy Department from the Biloxi Public Library.
Some re-enactors include descendants of those they are portraying or are actors from the Biloxi Little Theater and local high schools. They appear in character to tell visitors and tourists about life in the Biloxi of yester-year.
In his opening remarks Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “This cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places, and to me it’s more like a library than a cemetery. These headstones tell the story of Biloxi. And with these re-enactments, we bring that history to life.”
Continued Holloway, “Eleven people are portrayed here today but those 11 people represent thousands of hard-working men, women and children who all helped Biloxi earn the title of ‘Seafood Capital of the World’ in the early 20th Century.”
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