Category Archives: Symbolism

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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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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Slaying the Dragon

St. Michael is featured in many cemetery sculptures. Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the Bible, is clothed in armor.  The sword he carries represents a cross but also a weapon in his war … Continue reading

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Merlin, On a Pedestal

  Merlin can be found perched high atop a monument in the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  This is the centerpiece monument in a circle of burials of members of the United Ancient Order … Continue reading

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On a Pedestal

HENRY W. HILDEBRAND BORN FEB. 9. 1836 DIED AUG. 15. 1876. WILLIAM H. BORN JULY 25, 1860. DIED SEPT. 3. 1860. LOUISA E. BORN OCT. 21, 1861. DIED NOV. 9. 1861.   GEORGE H. BORN NOV. 1, 1865. DIED (illegible) … Continue reading

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