Tales of the Crypt will be held at Oak Cemetery 8:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday.
The entrance to the historic cemetery is at 1401 S. Greenwood St. A severe thunderstorm is expected today, but skies are predicted to be clear by 8:30 p.m. By 3 p.m. Sunday, temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s.
The free event is a walking tour that will be held “rain or shine.” Visitors are requested to bring their own flashlight for the evening tour.
Citizens from Fort Smith’s stories past are portrayed by students in University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s Public History Program.
People to be portrayed include pharmacist Wady Cooley, Civil War veteran and Ozark Postmaster John D. Berry, and Samuel Rutherford, a War of 1812 veteran and Indian agent.
Actors will also portray John Henry Rogers, a congressman and district judge; George Sixkiller, a Cherokee hanged at the gallows; Dymple Johnson, a local “clubwoman” and dental assistant; Kathryn Bailey, a conductor and founder of the Fort Smith Symphony; Essie Trent, a civil rights activist and owner of Trent Fountainette; Lilly Mainly Bailey of the Bailey Music School; and Polly Crews, a local TV celebrity.
Parking is available at Ballman School, Creekmore Park and along 31st Street. A shuttle bus will be available.