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Ask Vance: Old, Mysterious Graves in Collierville

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I've written before about gravestones in Bethany Church Cemetery, a shady burial ground tucked away in the county north of Collierville. It's filled with old and interesting markers, but none are so intriguing as a row of seven flat stones marking the last resting place of the children of the Archer family.

Why are they so mysterious? Because the gravestones show that, over a period of 14 years in the 1920s and early 1930s, eight children were buried here, and not one of them lived more than a few months. Anyone who stumbles upon these simple markers must wonder: What on earth happened to these poor children ...

Vance Lauderdale, Memphis magazine's master of mysteries, has a new blog post on a rather odd set of gravestones. Read more at his blog.

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