Industrial and Political Titans Return to Athens April 23rd
Men and women of Limestone County’s past who shaped the political and industrial scene will stand among the headstone of Athens City Cemetery on April 23rd to recount the stories that shaped not only Alabama but the United States and perhaps, even the world.
These are just a few of the re-awakened spirits that will be joining the living on the earthly plane from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
Luke Pryor, portrayed by Dr. Robert Glenn, shaped the railroad that pierced the heart of Alabama. He’ll share with you tales of his life and even how he could stop a train at his desire.
Clarissa Sloss, portrayed by Karen Middleton, was the mother of James Sloss with tales of the man credited with “building Birmingham”, creating the famed Sloss Furnace, and being one of Alabama’s most important industrialists.
George S. Houston, portrayed by Jimmy Hill, stood against Alabama’s secession and then had to be the very architect of its withdrawal from the Union while a U.S. Legislator. He’ll share his tale of torn allegiances and defeating corruption as Alabama Governor.
W.P. Tanner, portrayed by Doug Logan, was the son of the first Mayor of Athens and eventually won the office for himself. He held pro-Union sentiment until one incident of the Civil War changed his mind.
Judge Horton, Sr., portrayed by Shane Black, was the father of Judge James Horton Jr. who sat in judgment of the “Scottsboro Boys’ re-trial. He’ll share the family history and tales of his famed son.
Each actor has painstakingly made efforts to research their “spirit” and may even entertain a question or two from the public about life in the “olden days”. This public and free event is sure to entertain history buffs, enjoyers of theatre, and lovers of storytelling.
The Athens Cemetery Stroll is a bicentennial event celebrating 200 years of Alabama and Limestone County history, lore, people and heritage. Over the next three years – 2017-2019 – the State of Alabama, Limestone County, Mooresville, Athens as well as all of our communities will mark their anniversaries of incorporation, moments in history and citizens’ contributions. In 2017, communities celebrate places. In 2018, communities honor their people. In 2019, communities celebrate the stories.
The event is presented by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism, Order of the Confederate Rose and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Historical prints of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association depicting moments in history, Battle of Athens; Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle; Fort Hampton; Hobbs Farewell; and the picturesque Richard Martin Rails to Trails will be under the Order of the Confederate Rose refreshment tent during the daylong event for purchase. Soft Dulcimer music will waif through the air as the Athens Dulcimers strum a variety of songs to add to the antiquity of the day.
For more information, contact the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center 100 North Beaty Street in Athens, or by phone 256-232-5411