Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest,
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chisled out
on polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care.

It is too late to morn.
You did not know that I exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh,

in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats
a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear ancestor, the place you filled

one hundred years ago.
Speads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved.

I wonder if you knew.
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.

Support The Minden Cemetery Association

Many of you may not realize how expensive the upkeep of a cemetery is. We ask that you support our efforts to keep this historic cemetery and final resting place of so many of Minden’s finest citizen’s in good shape for future generations. We spend quite a lot of money just in mowing our 30 plus acres. This job is quite labor intensive and requires several people to keep the lawn and weeds in check. There are so many other projects that we would love to tackle but we do not have the funds to begin the work. For one we would like to build a grave locator kiosk. With GPS ability now the graves would have GPS coordinates to go along with the names and sections. We would also like to install gates and an iron fence along the old side of the cemetery along Bayou Avenue to stop vandalism. This is a very expensive project that again is on hold due to lack of funding. A marker repair project is also on hold. If you have family members buried at the Minden Cemetery we would hope that you will support our efforts. Mail your check to:
Minden Cemetery Association
1000 Broadway

Minden, Louisiana 71055

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Breaks Ghost Walk Records!

Ghost Walk 2009
The 6th annual Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk had a record crowd in attendance.
Saturday November 14th was a great day for history buffs from across the country. “Ghost Walk” organizer Schelley Brown stated, “At 11:30, I knew we were going to have record crowds. We already had folks lined up at the gates waiting for the first tour! We probably had 100 people in the first hour. For several weeks prior to the event, I had received calls from California to Texas from the many people that were planning their trips. This event generated quite a lot of money for the parish with overnight lodging, food and gas. We had one family the “Fuller-White family that planned a family reunion just for this event. They had nearly 40 family members travel to Minden to visit the cemetery and to see Janice Mourad portray their ancestor Alma Bright Fuller. This one family alone brought in visitors from California, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, and Virginia. We had many more guests this year than ever before from out of town and many that had never attended a Ghost Walk in the past. I think this was the best one yet. Of course we had some superb actors and actresses again this year. I had quite a few people that commented on the performance of the legendary Judge Harmon Drew and his wonderful wife Mrs. Jean Drew. Their portrayal of Richard Cleveland Drew and Katie Caldwell Drew was an added treat for everyone! All the people that come together to make Ghost Walk a success need to be thanked, because I can’t do it without all of them; John Agan for his extensive knowledge of our parish history, all the actors and actresses, the Son’s Of Confederate Veterans T.M. Scott Camp # 1604, the many volunteers that come to help me the day of the event, Mr. Larry Tims, the Minden Press Herald, The Minute Magazine and of course the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau for their help and advertising grant money. I am looking forward to a bigger and better event next year.”
The tours went off without a hitch, with the help of a group of AmeriCorps volunteers that led the groups from stop to stop. The event seemed to be a big hit with everyone that attended. The added extra golf carts donated by Fairway Carts and Mr. Larry Tims were a big hit with those that were not able to walk the one hour tour. DVD’s are available at the Dorcheat Museum located at 116 Pearl Street for $10 if you missed this years tour. For more information on the Minden Cemetery go to or call Schelley Brown at 423-0192.

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