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Historical figures share their stories at Columbia Cemetery

COLUMBIA — As a cool breeze blew through the trees at the Columbia Cemetery, John “Blind” Boone stood at his grave with a deprecating smile for the crowd of roughly 20 that had gathered to hear him speak.

“I wish you guys could have heard me play,” he said. “I would have made you smile.”

Lorne Jackman performs as John William "Blind" Boone

Lorne Jackman performs as John William "Blind" Boone on Monday at the Columbia Cemetery. When asked about Boone, Jackman said: "I would describe him as a boisterous guy. He's just one of those guys that is gifted and recognized his talent early on in age and was able to make himself very famous across the country."

Ed Hanson laughs with his audience

Ed Hanson laughs with his audience after performing a monologue to portray John Hiram Lathrop on Monday at the Columbia Cemetery. Hanson is the founder of Talking Horse Productions, a Columbia theater company.

Mary Shaw waits between her performances

Mary Shaw waits between her performances as Luella St. Clair Moss on Monday at the Columbia Cemetery. Moss was the first female president of Christian College, which later became Columbia College, and the first president of the Missouri League of Women Voters. "She had a lot of firsts in her life and was a very determined, driven person," Shaw said.

  • Summer 2017 general assignment reporter, fall 2018 writer for Vox. I am a junior studying arts & culture journalism. Reach me at gabrielavelasquez@mail.missouri.edu or (901) 216-9147.

  • I'm a reporter at the Missourian. I'm a graduate student studying convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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