Cast-iron tomb

Greenwood Cemetery, New Orelans, Louisiana

Greenwood Cemetery, New Orelans, Louisiana

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.

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