Cemeteries can be a place of sadness and mourning, as well as a place of beauty, peace, and in the case of Mount Olivet Cemetery, historical reflection.
Located on Lebanon Pike near the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Mount Olivet Cemetery opened in 1855, however there were grave-sites present prior to the location becoming Mount Olivet. It is the final resting place for several former Tennessee governors, U.S. Senators and Representatives. Some of the more prominent people who are buried in the cemetery include:
John Overton, who is known as the founder of Memphis, TN, was buried in at the cemetery in 1833, prior to it becoming Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
William B. Bate, Governor of Tennessee from 1883 to 1887, and a Confederate general during the Civil War, is also buried here.
Born Annie Willis Dallas in Nashville on November 13,1876, Anne Dallas Dudley was a prominent women's suffrage activist. When she passed away in 1955, she was buried at Mt. Olivet.
James E. Rains was laid to rest in the cemetery after being killed in the Battle of Murfreesboro in 1862.
As you stroll through the cemetery, you can't help but be drawn to many of the statues and monuments that can be seen throughout the cemetery grounds.