These are the graves of the Staple Singers. Roebuck “Pops” Staples was born in Winona, Mississippi in 1914. He grew up with the blues, but switched to gospel in the 1930s. He married Oceol
This is the grave of James Cagney. What to even say about someone like Cagney? A true great of the early sound era. Everyone knows him for his gangster pictures–and they are amazing, real gritty
This is the grave of Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet. Born in 1922 in Louisiana, Jacquet and his parents moved to Houston when he was young. His father was a bandleader, though he didn
This is the grave of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. Born in 1914, the fifth child of FDR and Eleanor, Jr graduated from Groton in 1933, Harvard in 1937, and the University of Virginia School of Law in
This is the grave of Thomas Edison. So, what does one even say about Thomas Edison, especially when one is on a research trip across the country? Why even go over the entire biography in this setting?
This is the grave of Jim Ed Brown. Born in 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas, his family moved to Pine Bluff when he was a child. They frequently sang publicly as a family. In 1953, Jim Ed and his sister Max
This is the grave of Billy Sherrill. Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama in 1936, Sherrill’s father was a preacher. But it didn’t stick to young Billy. Instead, he found the glorious sin of mus
This is the grave of William Kelley. Born in 1814 in Philadelphia to a Quaker family, Kelley’s father died when William was 2. That led to some very hard times for the family. His mother opened