Hope

 

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DR. OSCAR SCHULTZ

NOV. 9, 1848

FEB. 11, 1890

LOUISA HIS WIFE

MAR. 9, 1850

MAR. 6, 1903

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The representation of Hope can be easily found in American cemeteries.  Hope is most often portrayed as a woman standing and leaning against an anchor.  In the example above, from the Bellefontaine Cemetery at Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana, the allegorical figure of Hope is holding a chain that connects to the anchor.

The anchor is an ancient Christian symbol that has been found in early catacomb burials.  The anchor was used by early Christians as a disguised cross.  The anchor also served as a symbol of Christ and his anchoring influence in the lives of Christians.  Just as an anchor does not let a moored boat drift, the anchoring influence of Christ does not allow the Christian life to drift.

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