The dead come alive for annual Old Biloxi Cemetery tour

The dead come alive for annual Old Biloxi Cemetery tour
Walter "Skeet" Hunt was portrayed by Bill Raymond. (Photo source: WLOX)
Walter "Skeet" Hunt was portrayed by Bill Raymond. (Photo source: WLOX)
Joseph "Dinka" Lamas and his wife, Gladys Lamas, tell of his death by a bear. (Photo source: WLOX)
Joseph "Dinka" Lamas and his wife, Gladys Lamas, tell of his death by a bear. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Folks got a chance to relive Biloxi's history at this year's Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour. The theme: Biloxi Families, legends, and lore.

"You need to know the community, and you need to know the people that actually made Biloxi, that actually created it and made it what it is," said one person on the tour.

Organizers said this year's characters were actually some of the lesser known people of Biloxi, and they even brought in their descendants to learn more about them.

"Some of the people actually wrote journals, and that way you knew exactly what their day was like because they wrote in it religiously, and that pieced together what their life was about," said co-organizer Tina Ross-Seamans.

Along with learning about the people of early Biloxi, visitors also heard about some of the legends and lore of Biloxi.

"It's interesting hearing about the Isle of Capri. Everyone around here has heard about it, but few have seen it," said Ronald Skelton.

A few of the characters, like the Whites of The White House Hotel, are more well known. But the history buffs were excited to hear about some of the lesser known people.

"No matter how long you've been here, there's always something that you didn't know," said Eileen Gehrmann.

The free tour is sponsored by Preserve Biloxi, and all donations collected over the last seven years have helped restore the Kuhn tomb.

"There was grass growing inside it and weeds. So, we decided that was the one that needed the most immediate repair," said Seamans.

While the tour is put on to raise money to restore the cemetery, organizers also see it as a way to preserve Biloxi's history.

"You need to have reenactments like this to tell the story, and that's what we're doing. We're telling all the family stories," said Seamans.

The final Biloxi Cemetery Tour for this year is Tuesday night, 4-7pm. It's free of charge to the public, but donations are appreciated.

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