We think of cemeteries as places of death, as tangible representations of the rift between the living and the dead. But they are far more than a resting place for the dead. Cemeteries are not merely the resting place of old bones and marble markers. They are a link to our past, a memorial to those who have gone before, to those who shaped towns, cities, and states and made them into the places which we love.
Walk through the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and you walk through time itself. Buried here is the triumph of conquering the American wilderness, the bitter legacy of slavery, the tragedy of the Civil War, the confusion of Reconstruction and the achievements of North Carolina's most accomplished sons and daughters. Bridge the rift between the living and the dead and take a tour through Chapel Hill's history.