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Cemetery Exhibit Gives Tennessee's Dead New Life

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by Amanda Hara

Nashville, Tenn. - The stories of Nashville's dead are coming to life at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. A new exhibit is shining light on who's buried in the state, and how their life stories helped shape Tennessee.

The exhibit is called Silent Cities of the Dead and it matches artifacts stored at the TSLA like diaries and documents, with photographs of the individuals grave and a description of the grave site.

Nashville City Cemetery is featured in the exhibit along with Mount Olivet, First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Upper Cumberland Cemeteries and Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

"Anybody you could possibly imagine from Nashville history is probably buried at Nashville City and Mount Olivet and they all have stories that represent different parts of Nashville," said archivist Kimberly Wires.

Joel Cheek, founder of Maxwell House Coffee, is among the famous names highlighted in the exhibit names. 

The exhibit is free and runs through the first week of March.

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