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The Haunting Walk Of A Shreveport Cemetery

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If you ever wanted to take a walk on the eerie side of town -- Oakland Cemetery is the spot. It's a historic landmark. It's been around since 1840 and some of it probably looks the same now, as it did back then. But rather than a haunt of tourists and historians, Oakland also is known for its ghost walks. People who come to walk among the spirits always want to go to at least 3 specific locations:

*The above-ground and repeatedly disturbed resting place of young socialite Cora Lee Wilson who died at the age of 22.

*The tomb stone of the first lady of the city's early-1900s red light district, Annie McCune. *The mass grave burial site known as the "Yellow Fever Mound.'' It's the place where hundreds of people, mostly children where buried together after dying from yellow fever back in 1873. Clairvoyant medium and psychic Dakota Lawrence says he picks up a lot of paranormal activity near the Yellow Fever Mound. "....When you get more to the yellow fever mound. . . that's when I start to pick up the vibrations. It's an uneasiness, a queasiness. It's a feeling of wanting to be known, wanting their story to be told," said Lawrence.

Cheryl White co-authored the book, "Historic Haunts of Shreveport". She talks about some peculiar things that seem to happen around some of the most talked-about grave sites in Oakland. The brick tomb of Cora Lee Wilson continues to be broken even after it has been remortared numerous times. "There is now an urban legend that she is trying to break out of her grave," said White.

Residents of nearby Logan Mansion and employees of the municipal auditorium that sits across the street, believe ghosts of the children from Yellow Fever Mound come to play at both the Victorian structure and the former home of the Louisiana Hayride. Their friendly, if precocious visits ensure these plague victims won't be forgotten, keeping alive this important chapter in Shreveport's past -- and making it a can't-miss stop on any tour of haunted Shreveport.

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