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Highland Cemetery is perhaps the finest example of the garden cemetery in Michigan, which intended to make cemeteries beautiful. Highland Cemetery is a place of peace and nature, the perfect place to take a troubled soul for a walk. In this episode, we are going to be learning about the history of Highland Cemetery, and of previous cemeteries in Ypsilanti, from local historian James Mann.

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James Mann

James Mann is a local historian and writer. His books include Wicked Washtenaw County, Wicked Ann Arbor, and Wicked Ypsilanti. He is a regular contributor to the Ypsilanti Gleanings, the publication of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. He is also the host of the Highland Cemetery Lantern tours. He is working on his next two books on local history, The Torch Murders, and Murder and Mayhem in Washtenaw County.


Entrance to Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti. From Wikimedia, courtesy of Andrew Jameson.

Starkweather Memorial Chapel in Highland Cemetery. From Wikimedia, courtesy of Dwight Burdette.

Inside Highland Cemetery. From Wikimedia, courtesy of Andrew Jameson.