EHS students bring the dead to life at city cemetery

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Normally, the Enterprise Cemetery on Main Street doesn’t see much activity unless someone is being laid to rest.

However, Thursday morning, juniors from Enterprise High School’s American Studies class guided 8th graders from Dauphin and Coppinville middle schools through a “living cemetery.”

While some may think this is part of Halloween, it was actually done in connection with a much more historical purpose — to help celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Boll Weevil monument, which has been in its prominent position in downtown Enterprise as a centerpiece of the city for nearly a century.

“We have ten people who are buried in the cemetery that we are covering their families’ heritage here in Enterprise,” teacher Brandi Waid said.

During the living cemetery, middle schoolers were greeted by juniors portraying to be some of the men and women who have left their mark on the city.

Han Lee played the part of Grover Grubbs — the grandson of John Henry Carmichael, who founded the city of Enterprise in 1881.

“It was almost called Mudville,” Han said. “They put all of the names in a hat and drew it out, and Enterprise was the first name they picked.”

The first centennial living cemetery tour began at 8:30 a.m. and the second started at 10 a.m.

“So what our students have done, they have researched a person of historical importance to Enterprise, but we also have the topics of education, the history of downtown and Fort Rucker,” teacher Sarah Hulsey said. “Each group rotates through, and our students share about two minutes of history.”

Teachers said the event was to honor our local founding fathers, but also so that history could come alive for the students.

“I hope by experiencing this, our students and the students who came through the tour appreciate these people and their contributions during their lives,” Hulsey said.

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