Monday, June 26, 2017

Brunswick, Georgia

Commemorating Historic Cemeteries:  The nineteenth century saw the rise of industrial economies and the concomitant expansion of city populations. That meant more people were dying in cities, too. So many, in fact, that the old church yards soon ran out of space. Voila! The rural cemetery, or garden cemetery, was born. The first was on the outskirts of Paris. By 1838, the rural cemetery movement had reached Brunswick, Georgia, making Brunswick a little more like Paris! Buried here were "over 100 Civil War Veterans," including Capt. Douglas Risley, who went on to found the city's first school for African Americans. The next question, however, is not answered by the historical market: How many of the students who attended his school were actually buried here with him? Oak Grove Cemetery. [2010]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Richmond, Virginia

Commemorating Historic Cemeteries:  Six cemeteries (associated with different burial societies) are to be found on Barton Heights. The earliest dates to 1815. Compare that date to the year this historical market was erected:1998. It took until the late 20th century for historical markers to begin commemorating the peoples and places of African-American history. Before that, the only history worth noting was what happened during the Civil War! Whit Monday is seven weeks after Eastern Monday; it is the second day of Pentecost. Barton Heights Cemeteries. [2014]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Franklin, Tennessee

Commemorating Historic Cemeteries:  With the American and French Revolutions as his models, a slave named Toussaint L'Ouverture led the rebellion that resulted in Haiti's independence in 1804. Of course, he is not buried here, but his memory is kept alive by virtue of a Tennessee historical marker. Who is buried here? People of African descent, many nameless, who, by virtue of the segregated society in which they lived, needed a burying place of their own. Toussaint L'Ouverture Cemetery. [2010]

Monday, June 19, 2017

Austin, Texas

Commemorating Historic Cemeteries:  People buried here may be of historical significance, but so is the cemetery itself. That's why it has a historical marker of its own. This plot of land was acquired in the 1920s by a private cemetery corporation, then by the city of Austin. Since then, chunks have been sliced off for other purposes, like the building of a rec center. Who's the most famous person buried here? Author James A. Michener.  How would we know such things if it were not for the historical marker? Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. [2015]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sissonville, West Virginia

Pets at Peace: "Your paws left prints on our hearts." Yes, they did, Stretch! In fact, we still make sure there are flowers at your grave. What a Christmas present you were! Floral Hills Cemetery. [2017]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sissonville, West Virginia

Pets at Peace:  Merrill Fisher wrote the verses that welcome visitors to the pet precinct of Floral Hills: ". . . He is sadly missed, but we are so much better for his having shared his life with us. We can think of nothing, and perhaps no one, that has better taught us to give and receive love openly, unselfishly, and unashamedly, as this one small furry friend." Mr. Fisher must have had Tobby in mind. Floral Hills Cemetery. [2017]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sissonville, West Virginia

Pets at Peace:  A cat with a first, middle, and last name: Another example of anthropomorphism. And, if you ask yourself if pets have souls (anthropomorphism once again!), the answer here would be yes. The butterfly is usually employed to symbolize the soul. Floral Hills Cemetery. [2017]