By MARGAUX HENQUINET and AUSTIN ALONZO
On Friday, April 8, a sunny, warm afternoon, members of the Boone County Historical Society hosted a tour of Columbia Cemetery, providing the history behind some of the names on memorials there — names found all around Columbia: Jesse, Rollins, Nifong and more.
Jenifer Flink, executive director and curator of the historical society, and Mary Beth Brown, an archivist at the Walters Boone County Museum, tried to combine stories of the city’s more familiar and recognizable names with those of less-known noteworthy people. They also highlighted different sections of the cemetery, such as the U.S. Colored Infantry section and the Jewish section. In honor of the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War, they spoke about figures related to the war, too.