Anyone who has recently bumped into Bonnie Atchison in Columbiana may have noticed a difference in the way she speaks. Don’t worry, she will eventually return to her normal voice, but from now until October 29th Atchison will be practicing the distinctive way her late friend Jeannette Niven spoke.
Atchison, along with local actors and students from the Calera High School Drama Department, will be participating in the Historical Cemetery Walking Tour at the Columbiana City Cemetery. During the tour, actors will portray a selection of early residents interred at the cemetery.
The tour is a fundraiser for the Shelby County Museum & Archives. As executive director for the museum, I envision the tour as a way to celebrate the history of Shelby County. Because Columbiana has long been a center of influence as the county seat, many of the county’s most influential people from long ago are buried there.