Thousands of victims of the yellow fever epidemics that decimated the city in the 1870s are buried at Elmwood too, and on Tuesday, August 12th, the cemetery will be hosting “Tales from the Plague,” an evening featuring four authors who will discuss their studies of yellow fever in 19th-century Memphis. Those authors are:
“Tales from the Plague” is a fund-raiser for Elmwood (cost to attend is $25 per person), and you can register online at elmwoodcemetery.org. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
A reception for the authors will take place in the cemetery’s Lord’s Chapel at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion beginning at 5:45 p.m. Copies of Molly Caldwell Crosby's The American Plague and Jeanette Keith's Fever Season will also be on sale, with samples of the remaining titles available for audience members to view.
According Kimberly McCollum, Elmwood executive director, “Yellow fever so greatly changed Memphis that it’s hard to tell where its effects begin and end. It left an indelible impact on Memphis. The writers who are participating in this event will tell that story, and it’s a story everyone who lives here should know.”•