Saturday, March 21, 2009

"Ghost" of Elodie Todd Dawson

The "ghosts" of famous Selmians returned to life Friday evening to tell their stories in Part 1 of the Old Live Oak Cemetery Ghost Tour.

Here, the "ghost" of Elodie Todd Dawson tells how her family was divided between North and South during the Civil War and how she spearheaded efforts to erect the cemetery's Confederate Monument after it was over. Mrs. Dawson was the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, making her President Abraham Lincoln's sister-in-law.

To see the fine monument that her husband placed in her memory, click HERE.
Other Friday night ghosts included black educator R.B. Hudson, Alabama's first female State Representative, suffragette Harriet Wilkins, a Confederate soldier and more.

More "ghosts" will rise tonight at 6 p.m. for Part 2 of the Selma Pilgrimage cemetery tour. Pilgrimage celebrates Selma's heritage from its founding in 1820 to present-day history.

More Pilgrimage 2009 pictures can be seen at Selma NOW.


B Squared said...

Just as an aside, it seems like Ghost Tours are popping up everywhere. Must be the new in-thing.

Lois said...

That sounds like so much fun! I love her dress!

Jim said...

They have had ghost tours in our County for a few years now out at the old Poor Farm. Last year was the first year I went. It was very neat, ours was after dark so no pictures.

cieldequimper said...

I like ghost tours! This one looks great!

Virginia said...

What a great idea. I would love to do this tour!

bfarr said...

Very interesting bit of history. I am soooo glsd we don't have to wear dresses like than anymore.

Jacob said...

Well, I know she's not a ghost 'cause ghosts are spirits and you can't see them. Sheesh!

Furthermore, when you take their picture the image comes out blank!

Sounds like a fun time and a great way to learn some history!