BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The history of Biloxi's leadership came to life as actors portrayed past mayors of Biloxi at the 10th annual Biloxi Cemetery Tour.
Biloxi has a deep rich history, and the former leaders who shaped the city's history led fascinating lives. Tour attendees learned about 17 former mayors, their lives, and contributions to the city.
"We have 17 different stops. Some of the sites actually have two different reenactors, but they're all very interesting stories," said organizer Tina Ross-Seamans. "This is our chance to really have history come to life."
Dozens of former Biloxians have been portrayed by reenactors over the 10 years the Biloxi Cemetery Tour has been in existence. Reenactors even stood at the grave sites where the mayor's they were portraying are buried.
"It's just awesome to me. Like I said I don't want to buried just quite yet, but I will be in this cemetery," said current Biloxi Mayor Fofo Gilich. "It is something just to hear the story."
While Gilich, a native Biloxian, knows a lot about the city's history, he was impressed by some of the lesser known details about several of the past leaders.
"One mayor didn't want to turn over the books, and the other mayor had to have 200 armed officers to come take over city hall," said Gilich.
For those who have attended the tour before, the 2016 theme was especially interesting.
"I think it's a great year to portray past mayors because it is election year, and I think that it's a good way to get people excited about the election coming up," said Colby Cantrell
Organizers say for the first day of the two day event, it was a great success with an even better turn out than they could have imagined.
"The crowds are so big and they're growing every year," said Ross-Seamans. "More and more people are hearing about it, and wanting to learn more about the history of Biloxi and the people who are in this beautiful old Biloxi cemetery."
The second and final night of the tour is October 25. Admission is free of charge, but the committee does ask for a donation upon entry. All of the money raised goes toward maintaining the cemetery.