Cast-iron is an oft-used material for fencing in cemeteries but it is also used as a building material for tombs. The Pelton Family tomb in the Greenwood Cemetery at New Orleans is one of two identical cast-iron tombs in the cemetery. The tomb was built by the Robert Wood & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Miltenberger Foundry of New Orleans.
The door to the tomb is adorned with a male angel with an inverted torch in one hand and his arm around a woman. The symbolism here looks clear that the angel is taking the woman’s soul to Heaven.