City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Cemetery Tour offers fascinating stories and gravesite visits
By: Kevin Christopher
04/16/13 4:44 PM

April 16, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  
Mesa, AZ – It is an opportunity to learn the story behind a landmark Supreme Court decision, visit the grave of a country music superstar and find out why Royal Air Force (RAF) Cadets are buried there.  The inaugural Mesa Cemetery Tour is taking place Saturday, April 27 at the cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. 
The tour will offer more than 20 stops.  It will include the graves of country music legend Waylon Jennings; Ernesto Miranda, whose conviction led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling which created the Miranda Rights; RAF Cadets who died during training at Falcon Field during World War II; Dr. Lucius Alston, Mesa’s first African-American doctor; John Rhodes, House Minority Leader and member of Congress for 30 years and Martin Worthington, a Confederate Soldier who served in the Civil War.  The tour will also include the stories of Mesa’s founding fathers, civic leaders and builders.
The first tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the last tour will start at 9:10 a.m.  Tickets will be sold beginning at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the event only.  Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 13 and free to children under the age of 6.  All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum.
If you are participating in the tour, please enter the cemetery from Country Club Drive north of Brown Road, proceed left on 12th Street and park along C Street.  For more information about the tour, visit  For more information about the Mesa Cemetery, visit

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