Old Gray Cemetery
Spirit of Protection?
I’m a believer in spirits and ghosts, and some of us have an ability to see, sense or even hear them. I’ve experienced all three (seeing, sensing and hearing) in regards to the spirit world. There are skeptics, and I respect that.
Thing is, what I am about to tell you is a story of a spirit who, I believe, protected me and my friend from a possible attack by a strange (possibly homeless) man.
It was a hot and humid day in early August 2012. My friend and I planned to visit Old Gray Cemetery and take pictures. We had gone several times this past summer without incident.
This time, the spirit activity was higher than normal. This was evidenced by the “creepy vibes” upon entering the graveyard. Many times I don’t feel creeped out at this Victorian cemetery. This trip was different. As we took pictures, I felt uneasy. I tried to shake off the uneasy feeling as we walked around the cemetery admiring the Victorian style stones, obelisks, and mausoleums. The uneasy feeling was getting worse. My friend made small talk while we were making our way around the massive cemetery. All of a sudden, as clear as day, I heard a voice. I was able to make out what she said. (There were no other people in my line of sight.)
“Watch your back! Watch your back!” The female voice said.
As soon as I heard that, I turned around and not even a yard away behind us was a shady, rugged-looking man of African American heritage. He appeared to be homeless, (the Mission was next to the cemetery). As I was face to face with him, I said, “Hey!” The man looked startled and apologized and then zipped right past us, heading towards Broadway Street.
My friend looked at me and exclaimed, “I didn’t even hear him!” He looked shocked. I made the suggestion to return to the car. My energy was gone. I felt a ton of different emotions at once. Once we were inside the car, we immediately locked the doors. I then told my friend what I had heard. I asked him if he thought that guy was going to mug us or do something bad. He stated that he didn’t know, but was convinced that I was warned by something supernatural.
I have read accounts of people going to Old Gray and they would hear voices telling them to “Get Out!” There are many stories of people feeling “freaked out” when they enter the old graveyard. It has a history of being one of the most haunted graveyards in Knoxville.
See, I never felt uneasy there. As strange as it sounds, I feel at peace and I feel as though I am welcomed there by whatever or whoever dwells there.
I haven’t been back to Old Gray since. Perhaps I should plan a visit soon so I can thank the spirit lady who warned me to watch my back…