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Founder of Dead Poets Society of America wraps up his latest tour, visiting his 500th grave

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FREEPORT, Maine — A Maine man who travels the nation to document the final resting places of poets has completed a summer tour in which he visited his 500th grave.

Dead Poets Society of America founder Walter Skold wrapped up Friday at the graves of Philip Pendleton Cooke in Millwood, Virginia, and in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He visited his father's grave in York, Pennsylvania. He's heading back home to Freeport, Maine.

Most of his time was in the Deep South. He says he visited 97 graves over 70 days, bringing his total to 530.

He says the most memorable event was a memorial to four girls killed in a church bombing in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, where he read Dudley Randall's "Ballad of Birmingham."

The society's name was partly inspired by the 1989 movie "Dead Poets Society."

PHOTO: In this photo provided by Walter Skold, of Freeport, Maine, Skold poses Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at the grave of his father in York, Pa. The Dead Poets Society of America founder visited his father's grave after completing his tour of 97 poets' graves in 70 days. With Skold is his mascot "Raven," a stuffed black panther that was given to him. (Walter Skold via AP)
In this photo provided by Walter Skold, of Freeport, Maine, Skold poses Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at the grave of his father in York, Pa. The Dead Poets Society of America founder visited his father's grave after completing his tour of 97 poets' graves in 70 days. With Skold is his mascot "Raven," a stuffed black panther that was given to him. (Walter Skold via AP)

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