Category Archives: Symbolism

Good over Evil

BRONGE PETER G. BONI 1914 – 2000 DANIEL BONI 1891 – 1955 BABY PHYLLIS 1952 PHYLLIS BONI 1898 – 1936 MARIA FRANCESCA BRONGE 1868 – 1925 CARL BRONGE 1863 – 1952 The Bronge Family monument in the Mount Carmel Cemetery … Continue reading

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Three tiny angels

The largest Catholic Cemetery of the Archdiocese of Chicago is the Saint Adalbert Cemetery located in Niles, one of the northern suburbs. Saint Adalbert’s was established in 1872 to serve the large population of Polish Catholics. Saint Adalbert, the first … Continue reading

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Terre Haute, Egyptian Style

After the French and British occupations of Egypt, there was a renewed interest in Egyptian architecture and symbolism in America. The evidence of the influence of Egyptian design can be found in nearly every American cemetery, especially large urban cemeteries. … Continue reading

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Message in Glass

In this stained glass window in a mausoleum in the Westview Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, and angel holds two Christian symbols. The torch in her right hand represents life.  The torch is also seen as an instrument that illuminates the … Continue reading

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IHS

STEPHEN ANDREW RYAN FEB. 11, 1858 JUNE 11, 1908 On the gentle slope of a hill in the Westview Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, is the monument built for 50-year old Stephen Andrew Ryan, a native of Atlanta. Ryan was a … Continue reading

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Angel at the Door

WILLIAM TALBIRD CRENSHAW AUG. 2 1858 – MAY 4, 1911 NANNIE RUCKER CRENSHAW MARCH 23, 1861 – DEC. 1, 1940 She hath done what she could.   The Crenshaw Family Monument in the Westview Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, was built … Continue reading

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Grass Marker Beauty

Sociologist W. Lloyd Warner was one of the first to study graveyard iconography and burial practices. In 1959 Warner wrote a monograph, The Living and the Dead, where he asserted, “cemeteries are collective representatives which reflect and express many of … Continue reading

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