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Walt's Look Around: The Natchez City Cemetery

I call this a ‘Tall Tale' because these plants rarely ever get overhead high and then one day they shoot up this stalk, 20 to 30 feet tall and then they bloom.   Source: WLBT I call this a ‘Tall Tale' because these plants rarely ever get overhead high and then one day they shoot up this stalk, 20 to 30 feet tall and then they bloom. Source: WLBT
And then they die. But before they die, they've put out about a gillion pups that will take its place.    Source: WLBT And then they die. But before they die, they've put out about a gillion pups that will take its place. Source: WLBT
‘I cannot believe that he's buried in your cemetery. We've been looking for years for him. He is the great, great, great uncle of Barack Obama.'"     Source: WLBT ‘I cannot believe that he's buried in your cemetery. We've been looking for years for him. He is the great, great, great uncle of Barack Obama.'" Source: WLBT
Don tells me he has never seen or felt the presence of a ghost, day or night, in all of his years at Natchez City Cemetery. But he says, "I look out for snakes!"      Source: WLBT Don tells me he has never seen or felt the presence of a ghost, day or night, in all of his years at Natchez City Cemetery. But he says, "I look out for snakes!" Source: WLBT
NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This week I have a "Tall Tale" from one of my favorite places, the Natchez City Cemetery.

There is a century plant blooming along the road at the Cemetery. They call them a century plant because it takes them so long to bloom. Not really a century but usually 25 years or so give or take.

I call this a ‘Tall Tale' because these plants rarely ever get overhead high and then one day they shoot up this stalk, 20 to 30 feet tall and then they bloom. And then they die. But before they die, they've put out about a gillion pups that will take its place.

We get a few of these century plants every summer. But this is the first I've heard of this year. 

Don Estes, cemetery director emeritus, is always finding fascinating things about the people buried here. He came up with an interesting tale about a fellow named James M. Bunch, buried in the Confederate Soldier section.

"A couple of years ago I was invited to go and do a slide show on the Cemetery to the state convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Harrison, Arkansas," said Estes. "And so since was going to Arkansas, I knew I had an Arkansas veteran buried here. So I made a slide of his grave and carried it there for the program. And as soon as I said, ‘Private James M. Bunch' one of the members hollered out, ‘I cannot believe that he's buried in your cemetery. We've been looking for years for him. He is the great, great, great uncle of Barack Obama.'"  

Well, a presidential connection not only to Mississippi and Arkansas, but to the Confederacy.

Here's an interesting juxtaposition. Bill Allain, 58th Governor of Mississippi, is buried beside another sort of Governor, Don Jose Vidal Spanish Commandant of the Natchez area at the time it was ceded to the United States right after the American Revolution; so one governor hobnobbing with another in essence.  

Don tells me he has never seen or felt the presence of a ghost, day or night, in all of his years at Natchez City Cemetery. But he says, "I look out for snakes!"  

But with tall tales like these and a thousand more, a ghost would pale in comparison.  

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