The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Historic Savannah Cemetery tour to highlight key Savannah figures.
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After her New Orleans trip, Tice started working with the city, the Savannah Cemetery Association, The Dreamweavers of West Tennessee and others to make the event happen.
Savannah based theater group The Dreamweavers of West Tennessee portrayed eight key people on the cemetery tour at their graves.
Organizers tried to choose people who had name recognition or little recognition in the area, who had interesting stories and who were representative of a broad timeline, Dreamweavers Founder and Director Martha Marshall said.
“They all have significance and they all have a story to tell,” Marshall said.
Historic Savannah Cemetery tour highlights
► Queen Jackson Haley was born in 1857 on the Forks of Cypress Plantation in Alabama. Haley settled in Savannah after the Civil War and worked at the Cherry Plantation. She was the 2nd wife of local ferry operator Alex Haley. Her grandson wrote a novel, “Queen,” about her life that was later turned into a miniseries. Queen was portrayed by Halle Berry.
► Mae Hall was a competitive shuffleboard player. A good shuffleboard play is often referred to as “a Mae Hall shot,” and there is a drink called the “Mae Hall” at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn. She was featured in Sports Illustrated twice. ** She and her husband began playing the game in 1946. Hall died in 2003 at the age of 93.
The Dreamweavers of West Tennessee actress portrays Mae Hall at the first ever Historic Savannah Cemetery tour. (Photo: BRITTNEY JACKSON/The Jackson Sun)
Article put together by Stan McCormack. 2017 10 22.