Celebrate local history on Saturday

Published 10:16 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Enjoy a look into the past with games, theatrical murder and a walk among the tombstones in downtown Suffolk.

Morgan Memorial Library at 443 W. Washington St. will hold “Murder, Mayhem, History: Remembering Suffolk’s Past” on Saturday. The doors will open at 10 a.m. and kick off with a theatrical performance at 10:30 a.m.

The performance will be of an actual murder investigation from Suffolk’s past. Tiberius Gracchus “Grac” Jones was killed on the evening of Oct. 26, 1908, on South Quay Road. The performance on Saturday will be based on writings about the Holland case by local historian Kermit Hobbs.

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There will also be an array of nostalgic games and activities like jacks, dominoes, marbles and double-dutch with jump rope to go with a more advanced nostalgia trip using an Oculus virtual reality headset, according to Local History and Genealogy Coordinator LaSandra Adams.

“We’re going to be using the Oculus virtual reality headset app and when you put it on, you’ll be able to visit different places in time,” Adams said.

Participants are also encouraged to take part in the Cedar Hill Cemetery Tour that will begin at 2 p.m. at the Suffolk Visitor Center, 524 N. Main St.

“It’s like a walk in the past,” Adams said. “You’re celebrating your history, but you’re also having fun.”

“Murder, Mayhem, History” is free, open to the public and more information can be found at suffolkpubliclibrary.com and the “Suffolk Public Library” Facebook page.

The Cedar Hill Cemetery Tour requires advance registration. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 60 and older, military and children ages 9 to 12. Call 514-4130 for more information.