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MSMS students working on Tales from the Crypt'

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BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE Area students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are researching roles for the "Tales from the Crypt" tour at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, which will take place during the Columbus Pilgrimage in April. Sitting is Britany Harmon of Meridian. Standing, from left, are Tony DeVaughn of Meridian and Clark Hunter of Quitman. Submitted photo
By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Nov. 1, 2001
Area students attending the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are doing some digging around Friendship Cemetery this fall but not literally.
As part of two junior U.S. history classes, students are researching people buried in the cemetery. They hope to, figuratively, bring some of the people back to life through dramatic performances that will take place during a candlelight graveyard tour.
The tour, "Tales from the Crypt," will be part of the annual Columbus Pilgrimage scheduled April 1-14. The School for Math and Science is in Columbus on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
Chuck Yarborough, a social studies faculty member and coordinator of the project, said "Tales from the Crypt" makes history real for the students who do extensive research on their subjects at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, the Lowndes County Courthouse and online sources.
Area students participating in the project include: Tony DeVaughn of Meridian, the son of Anthony DeVaughn and Patsy Blackburn; Britany Harmon of Meridian, the daughter of Timothy and JoAnn Harmon; and Clark Hunter of Quitman, son of Kathy and Lewis Hunter.
DeVaughn is researching I.M. Mitchell, a Lowndes County farmer and father of eight; Harmon is researching Nathaniel E. Goodwin, a Columbus banker and judge; and Hunter is researching Joseph Leon Gunter, an ear, nose and throat doctor.