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      "Spirits of the Past" Haunted Cemetery Tour in Galveston

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      October 29, 2009

      Thursday   6:30 AM

      4201 Broadway Avenue J
      Galveston, Texas 77550

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      "Spirits of the Past" Haunted Cemetery Tour

      Broadway Cemetery
      4100 Broadway
      Galveston, TX

      This fall, Galveston Historical Foundation has added a "Spirits of the Past" Cemetery Tour to its "Haunted Happenings" offerings.The spirits are easy to find. They await discovery at the Broadway Cemetery, located right on the divided boulevard along which presidents, movie stars, oil moguls and millions of ordinary people pass through the rich history that abounds in every neighborhood of the city."The markers in these cemeteries can tell stories that textbooks do not," says Denise Alexander, GHF's Director of Heritage Programs, who is spearheading the new tour. "Each marker is a piece of Galveston and Texas history."In 1840, the Galveston City Company officially donated blocks between 40th and 42nd streets for the purpose of public burials; other blocks adjacent to the site were soon donated to make up for seven named cemeteries that make up the Broadway Cemetery. The first burial was in October, 1839.Highlights of the New "Spirits of the Past" Tour include:James B. Magruder (ca. 1810 -1871).
      Major General Magruder led a combined land and sea operation that successfully returned the City of Galveston to the Confederacy on January 1, 1863.Perugini Brothers
      Frank and Tony Perugini were brothers born on the same date two years apart. They joined the Navy in separate states on the same day, unbeknownst to each other. They both died on the same day in a torpedo gun turret on the cruiser NEW ORLEANS during the Battle of the Solomons in World War II.Alberti Family
      Louis G. Alberti operated a butcher shop in Galveston. He and his wife Lizzie became parents of eight children. Two children died of natural causes and four more died on the night of December 4, 1894, after being poisoned by their mother. Eight days later, a court declared her insane and committed Mrs. Alberti to an asylum in San Antonio. Four years later, she died of a morphine overdose and is buried alongside her children.

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