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The Obelisk

In 1928, the Georgia Marble Company of Tate, Georgia, produced a marketing piece in the form of a book titled, Memorials: To-Day for To-Morrow written by William Henry Deacy. The book was designed to showcase their memorial designs by highlighting … Continue reading

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The Latin Cross

In 1928, the Georgia Marble Company of Tate, Georgia, produced a marketing piece in the form of a book titled, Memorials: To-Day for To-Morrow written by William Henry Deacy. The book was designed to showcase their memorial designs by highlighting … Continue reading

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Sleeping Children

JOHN CLAIR MALONE BORN OCT 10, 1890 DIED FEB 16, 1894  [This gravestone has a girl resting against a pillow carved on the front of the gravestone but the gravestone marks the grave of four-year old John Clair Malone.  His … Continue reading

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Sprouting Wings

The praying child is a fairly common marker found in many cemeteries.  In fact, it could be ordered from one of the companies that manufactured these markers in zinc, or “white bronze” on different bases. The praying child marker from the … Continue reading

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Gone Home

  JOHN C. FRAZIER DIED May 21, 1868 AG 65 Yr’s 4 Ms 6 Ds The finger pointing upward, indicates the soul traveling to Heaven, sometimes a presumptuous claim, though hopeful. In this example, found on an elaborate white marble … Continue reading

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Alpha and Omega

This statue in the Lakewood Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota, shows a woman holding an open book. The open book is a common symbol found on gravestones. The motif can represent the Book of Life with the names of the just registered on its pages or it can … Continue reading

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An Artist’s Work

  Hungarian-born sculptor George Julian Zolnay (July 4, 1863 – May 1, 1949) created monumental works of arts including the memorial at the edge of Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, for fallen World War I soldiers. This sculpture shows the … Continue reading

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