Graveyard shifts

Cemetery
Cemeteries may hold the dead. But they're often reflections of the living. As Benjamin Franklin put it, "Show me your cemetery and I'll tell you who you are."
MPR Photo / Nikki Tundel

In some ways, wandering through a cemetery is like walking along a timeline.

Cemeteries evolved dramatically throughout history. And changes in graveyards often reflected changes in society.

Reporter Nikki Tundel explores the origins of our modern day resting places and takes a tour of a St. Paul cemetery to find out what it says about the city.

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