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Last week a corporate group from England hired our LBS to take them on a bike tour of downtown Memphis. They were staying at the Peabody where we meet them with the bikes. From there we rode out to Elmwood Cemetery. Elmwood is to oldest cemetery in Memphis and where most of the victims of Memphis’ yellow fever epidemic are buried. We were given a tour of the cemetery by a docent on a bike
 

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We left the cemetery and rode back to downtown through some of the historic neighborhoods. Once back in downtown we stopped for lunch at a southern cooking restaurant. After launch we rode along the Mississippi riverfront and then back to the Peabody via the riverwalk.
 
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19th century cemeteries are always interesting. Americans had a different sense of death back then, and didn't want to rush through the loss of loved ones like we do today.

Sometimes the symbols found of those old cemeteries is a puzzle. Someone mentioned Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. It is full of monuments of draped this and draped that, orbs, animals, angels, towers, even a pyramid. Crazy stuff, to our eyes, but it meant a lot to people then.
 
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