Maine man to explore final resting places of poets in South

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The Maine man who’s traveled the country to document the final resting places of the nation’s poets is embarking on a tour of the Deep South that’ll include visits to graves of African-American poets.

Walter Skold says the focus on black poets is timely given the nation’s recent racial turmoil.

He says African-American poets were known for speaking out against injustice. On the trip, he’ll be visiting the Atlanta grave of Albery Whitman, who spoke out against the treatment of the Seminoles in Florida, and Robert Charles Benjamin, who was killed after trying to register backs to vote in Kentucky.

Skold is the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. The 16-state, 10-week pilgrimage kicks off Saturday in Baltimore at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.