Mount Holly Cemetery Comes Alive Tonight with Tales of the Crypt

A Parkview student portraying former LR Mayor Woodson.
A Parkview student portraying former LR Mayor Woodson.

The ghosts of Little Rock past will arise tonight at Mt. Holly Cemetery for the 20th Annual Tales from the Crypt.

Held the second Tuesday of October, Tales of the Crypt is an annual Mount Holly event.  Under the direction of Fred Boosey & Tamara Zinck, drama students from Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School are each given a person buried in the cemetery to research. They then prepare short monologues or dialogues, complete with period costumes, to be performed in front of the researched person’s grave.

Former Little Rock Mayor James Woodson, and Juliet Neill Peay (whose family has been involved in Little Rock politics for 190 years) are two of the featured residents.  Others include Eleanor Counts, Albert DeShon,  David O. Dodd, Senhora Dodd, Sallie and Dr. Isaac Folsom, Katherine Eller Henderson, Mary Eliza Knapp, Eliza Miller, James Robbins, Quatie Ross, Lillian Scott, Albert Stocking, Mollie Stocking, Anne Warren, Edward Payson Washburn, Mary & Edward Wiegel.

Award-winning local costumer Debi Manire will once again provide the wonderful historical characters’ costumes.  Audiences are led through the cemetery from grave to grave by guides with candles. Although it takes place around the same time as the American holiday Halloween, the event is meant to be historic rather than spooky.  Many local teachers award extra credit to students who attend.

The Twentieth Annual “Tales of the Crypt” will be sponsored by Mount Holly Cemetery Association and Parkview Arts-Science Magnet High School.

The event will be held  at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 South Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas on from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  Admission is free to the public, however donations to Mount Holly Cemetery are appreciated and aid in the maintenance of the cemetery.