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Named after English poet Thomas Gray, who wrote "Elegy in a Church Courtyard," the gentle slopes of Old Gray lie between what is now an adult bookstore and a cabinet manufacturer. Out of downtown, you take Broadway, a noisy four-lane that guides motorists through the blighted urban holes beneath Interstate 40. Just over a long hill from the highway overpass, the cemetery sits to the left. Pass through the narrow iron and marble gates of Old Gray and the noise and bustle of the city falls away.
Here are a few pictures from today's excursion up to the cemetery. If you want to see all of them, go here.
The grave of one of the more fascinating characters that lies in Old Gray, William G. Brownlow. A pro-slavery, yet strict Union man, Brownlow was a controversial national figure. His paper, The Knoxville Whig had a huge distribution, due largely to Brownlow's editorials. After the war, he was elected Tennessee's first Reconstruction Governor, and then to the U.S. Senate.
The grave of Charles McClung McGhee, railroad tycoon and founder of Knoxville's Lawson-McGhee library.
Old Gray's north wall. On the other side is Knoxville National Cemetery.
One of the Victorian ladies that keeps watch over the cemetery.
A Confederate soldier.
St. James Episcopal Church stands in the background as afternoon shadows fall upon Old Gray.
A broken headstone.
The grave of Charles McGhee Tyson, after whom Knoxville's airport is named.
Finally, for more information on some of the haints that call Old Gray home, visit here.