Thomasville Cemetery Holds Key to Past

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

As twilight falls, a figure shrouded in black quietly appears in the old Thomasville cemetery.

Dressed in period clothing from the 1800s, the woman is Joy Slauthter, a 'tour guide to the past', who is about to take visitors into the depths of Thomasville history and legend, using some of its oldest relics.

Slauthter says she always felt drawn to the graveyard and decided to use her passion to educate others:

"People seem to really enjoy the cemetery, they love the symbolism, they love the stories, I think people are always enthralled by the macabre."

Visitors who take the tour say a lot can be learned from a person, even after they're buried.

"You can see what happened in years before and you can see the people who contributed to the foundation of a community like Thomasville," says Gary Blair, a Thomasville resident who took the tour with his wife, Peggy.

Visitors say, while cemeteries can sometimes be thought of as scary places, the scariest thing about *this* graveyard is the thought of losing it.

Peggy Blair also took the tour:

"I think, more than anything, just the dignity you have with a cemetery that's kept up...if it does go unattended, it seems disrespectful."

Visitors say they are happy someone like Slauthter has taken it upon themselves to make sure people don't forget how deep the historical roots of Thomasville run.


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