Tours focus on history, significance of cemeteries

A noticeable difference could be seen on students’ faces after a 90-minute tour at Riverview Cemetery.

Instead of feeling leery of being in a cemetery, the students with the Jefferson City Home Educators were making chalk rubbings of tombstones and asking when they could come back, said executive director Samantha Renner.

The century-old cemetery has begun a push for public awareness about the history preserved on the 80-acre site and for general appreciation for why cemeteries exist.

For the first time, organized tours of the cemetery will be open to the general public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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