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Some Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape

Cumberland Cemetery gate at 2580 E. County Road, northwest of Wenona, Marshall County, Illinois. Cumberland Cemetery is rich in history. It was the site of the first farm in Evans Township, and its rolling hills were once occupied by a fort built during the Black Hawk War to protect nearby settlers from marauding Sauk, Fox, and Kickapoo Indians. It’s also a magnet for area folklore: it’s rumored to be home to a headless lady, spook lights, and the ghost of a little girl. Its first burial is said to have been 13-year-old Lucy Darnell, whose family owned the land in 1829.

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Under Ebony Shades

Sarcophagus for an unknown individual in Church Street Graveyard, at Monroe Street and S. Washington Avenue, in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.

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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