Annual Walk Through Time set for Sunday


Throughout America’s history, immigrants have made important contributions to the country, and Gadsden is no different.

That is the reason why this year’s “A Walk Through Time” will focus on those who came to Gadsden and prospered here.

The annual event is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023, at Forrest Cemetery. In case of rain, the event will be held on Oct. 22.

During “A Walk Through Time,” portrayers in period costumes share the life story and accomplishments of those buried in Forrest Cemetery.

More than 50 people will be featured, and some 13 of those persons will be portrayed by one of their descendants. There are 11 new characters set to appear this year.

There is no admission charge for the event, but donations are accepted.

Throughout its 14-year history, the event has raised more than $100,000 in donations for the Forrest Cemetery Foundation. That money has gone toward bathroom renovations at the cemetery’s comfort station, a new sidewalk to make those bathrooms handicapped accessible, repairs at the historic Ruth Cross Memorial chapel and more.

Golf carts will be available to assist those with mobility issues. A series of portrayers will be performing throughout the afternoon in the chapel.

Parking will be at old Gadsden High School, and trolleys will shuttle visitors to the cemetery.

Submitted by Michael Rodgers

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