Sunday, June 6, 2010

Knoxville's Old Gray Cemetery

The entrance to Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn.
The historical marker reads: “Old Gray Cemetery, incorporated in 1850, is the resting place of William G. Brownlow, Tennessee Governor and U.S. Senator, as well as two other U.S. Senators, eight U.S. Congressmen, 26 mayors of Knoxville, and numerous ambassadors, judges, editors, artists, authors, educators, military leaders, physicians and industrialists.”

Any history buff just has to get a kick out of Knoxville, Tenn. Its past is much like the rest of southern Appalachia: Rich, weird and elusive, which of course makes it all incredibly interesting. Many of the characters that created that history now lie in a hilly, craggy old graveyard that sits just north of downtown called Old Gray Cemetery.

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Note: Earlier in his life, Governor Brownlow was the editor of a political newspaper in Jonesborough, Tennessee called the Whig (sometimes referred to as Brownlow's Whig), which featured one of the earliest published references to Melungeons.

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