Monthly Archives: September 2011

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 29, 1808, to Jacob Johnson and Mary McDonough Johnson.  His father died when he was but three years old and his mother was forced to take in weaving and spinning … Continue reading

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Neither snow nor rain nor …

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” The inscription above is carved above the entrance to the New York James Farley Post Office.  Though the quote, derived from … Continue reading

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Saint James the Greater

Saint James, somtimes referred to as James the Greater, was one of the Twelve Apostles.  In some church traditions, James’ mother is reported to be the sister to Jesus’ mother, Mary, making Jesus and James first cousins.  Tradition also has it that … Continue reading

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The Century Plant

Many Christian symbols have been appropriated because of the qualities of the animal or the plant are held up by the religion.  The peacock, for example, became a symbol of the resurrection because the feathers on the male peacock grow back each … Continue reading

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The Order of Pythian Sisters

The metal marker above marks the grave of a woman who belonged to the Order of Pythian Sisters.  If you look at the shield you see two letters P and S outside the inner square.  The P and S stand for … Continue reading

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