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The oldest Jewish graves in Alabama, in Church Street Graveyard, at Monroe Street and S. Washington Avenue, in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama. The first known Jew to permanently settle in the city was a physician named Solomon Mordecai, who came from North Carolina in 1823. Mobile was the center of Jewish life in Alabama in the nineteenth century, and they were prominent members of Mobile society.

Church Street Graveyard was established in 1819 and closed in 1898, although a few burials have taken place since then. It is known for the Boyington Oak, which according to legend sprouted over the grave of convicted murderer Charles R.S. Boyington. Passersby have reported hearing sighs, sobbing, and even the voice of Charles Boyington himself proclaiming his innocence.

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Sarcophagus for Seth Glenn Young (1884-1925) in Herrin City Cemetery, 1320-1324 E. Stotlar Street, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois. S. Glenn Young led a bizarre and fascinating life. He was a Prohibition Agent and Ku Klux Klan leader, hero to some and villain to others.

He came to Williamson County in 1923, hired by the Ku Klux Klan to enforce Prohibition in the county, despite having been officially suspended as a Prohibition Agent three years earlier for murdering someone on a raid.

Young and his Klansmen raided illegal roadhouses and arrested hundreds of people. They were accused of falsely imprisoning and even torturing prisoners. A war broke out between the KKK and bootleggers, and at one point Young took over the town of Herrin and proclaimed himself police chief.

The KKK expelled him from their organization, but a few months later, he was killed in a shootout and buried with a full Klan ceremony attended by thousands of people. There were 73 legal indictments against Young when he died.

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Sarcophagus for President Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. Arthur, then vice president, became the 21st President of the United States in 1881 after President James A. Garfield succumbed to complications stemming from an assassin’s bullet. Generally forgotten today among the pantheon of presidents, Arthur competently led the country through an uneventful 4-year term.

Designed by Major David Bates Douglass and established in 1841, Albany Rural Cemetery is a 467-acre National Historic Landmark and the final resting place for over 135,000 people.

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