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City of the Silent

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Magnolia Cemetery’s the kind of place that locals always mean to visit but never get round to — until it’s too late to enjoy it. It’s a spectacular place, as much a plantation as a graveyard, with an atypical pyramid-shaped monument and the final resting place (we hope) of the Hunley crew. Ted Ashton Phillips Jr. brings it to life in his book City of the Silent, which serves as a selected biography of the residents and a concise tour guide. You can even visit the author, who died in 2005 after a long battle with AIDS. He now rests in the Northeast Section, buried in the cemetery where he once worked as a grave digger. For a man who was so fascinated with Magnolia’s history, this is an apt final destination.


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