Beulah Cemetery film set for debut Wednesday

Published 12:30 am Sunday, March 20, 2011

A documentary on historic Beulah Cemetery will be shown to the public for the first time Wednesday.

The video, commissioned nearly a year ago by the Beulah Cemetery Restoration Committee, will be shown at 4 p.m. at the United Way of West Central Mississippi building on South Street.

It will highlight the history of the 127-year-old cemetery using the words and experiences of Vicksburg residents.

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“I’m very excited to show the video,” committee president Pearline Williams said, “because this will let everyone know how important (of a role) the cemetery played in the community.”

The 20-minute documentary is narrated by Clinton author and poet J. Moffett Walker and features key players in the cemetery’s restoration and history, including Williams; the late cemetery manager Leo Sims; longtime Vicksburg resident Thelma Rush; state Rep. George Flaggs, a Democrat from Vicksburg who helped fund the project; and the Jefferson family, owners of the first black funeral home in Vicksburg.

Copies of the film, produced by Jackson-based Cam Cam Video Productions, will be available for $20 each at the viewing. Part of the proceeds will benefit the restoration committee.

Williams said the restoration committee is working this year to release the video to public libraries and visitor centers across the state.