Category Archives: Symbolism

A Bouquet

JENNIE BELOVED WIFE OF RUFUS E. GAMBLE BORN JULY 21, 1847. DIED NOV. 19, 1871. AGED 24 YRS. 3 MS. & 28 DAYS “ASLEEP IN JESUS” There are many symbols that represent death in funerary art—the broken bud, the sleeping … Continue reading

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Clara Bell

Clara Bell Daughter of J. & L. AUERS Born Jan. 18. 1885 Died July 13. 1886. OUR DARLING BABY The gravestone of this little girl is haunting with those hollow eyes. Only six months after she was born, she died. … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritan

HUMANITY AND CHARITY OUR RELIGION VINCENT D. MARKHAM DIED MAY 31, 1895 AGED 66 YEARS   MARY F. MARKHAM DIED SEP. 18, 1893 AGED 58 YEARS Nearly everyone knows the term “good Samaritan” but many might not know of its … 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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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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