Category Archives: Symbolism

Broken

OUR MOTHER SARAH A. MILLER Born July 3, 1825. Died July 26, 1892. The rounded-top white marble tablet in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, in Lexington, Virginia, of Sarah A. Miller has turned gray as it has weathered.  The bas-relief … Continue reading

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The Chalice and the Host

Dominus spes mea. Zum Andenken an REV. PETER TARRILLION. Pfarrer von Fredericksburg. Geb. Zu Edlinger. Lothringen 1821. Zum Priestergeweitht in Calveston 1855. GEST. MAERZ 25, 19oo. R.I. P. The white marble gravestone of Reverend Peter Tarrillion in the St. Joseph … Continue reading

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A Closer Look

The elaborately designed Neo-classical sarcophagi of James B. Oliver and Frances Oliver Johnson in the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the St. Paul’s Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D. C., respectively, are imbued with a profusion of symbolism. The … Continue reading

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An Artist’s Influence

Many great artist’s works can be found in North American cemeteries, including those sculpted by Daniel Chester French, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Aldabert Volck, Felix Weihs de Weldon, Karl Bitter, Martin Milmore, Alexander Milne Calder, T. M. Brady, Albin Polasek, Harriet Whitney … Continue reading

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Victorian Funerary Symbolism

John Baptiste Ford (November 11, 1811 – May 1, 1903) was born in Danville, Kentucky, and made his fortune as an industrialist producing various products including iron, steamboats, and eventually glass. Ford is buried in the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Babe

RITA SCALANTE Oct. 12, 1898 Nov. 28, 1910 This white-marble monument in the St. Francis Cemetery at Phoenix, Arizona, memorializes the life of an infant girl who died shortly after her second birthday.  A drapery on the top of the … Continue reading

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The Stag

The white marble gravestone in the Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, of Julius Wagner (born August 19, 1823 – died August 20, 1876) features a horn hanging from stag horns.  The stag horns symbolize piety and solitude and victory over … Continue reading

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