Category Archives: Symbolism

Broken Column

In the Pine Lake Cemetery at La Porte, Indiana, lies the small segmented-top white marble tablet of John Salesbury. The modest gravestone is no longer standing but lies flat on its back. In the cemetery, much of the iconography that … Continue reading

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The Garden

The night before Jesus was crucified, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray with three of his disciples—James, John, and Peter. Gethsemane was a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives just outside of Jerusalem, though … Continue reading

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Elaborate to simple

Many fraternal organizations and membership societies were founded in the mid and later part of the 19th Century. Some of the organizations, such as, the Sons of the American Revolution (1889), The Daughters of the American Revolution (1890), The Daughters … Continue reading

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A memorial for his young wife and her love of horses

INA L. PALMER WIFE OF W. H. AXTON JAN. 24, 1874. DIED FEB. 4. 1898. AGED 24 YRS. 10 DS. W. H. AXTON 1866 – 1928 On the sloping hill across from the Zion Methodist Church in rural Indiana not … Continue reading

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Harmony with the Universe

HENRY D. STEVENSON 1818 – 1868 — ELIZABETH HAND STEVENSON DIED NOV. 22, 1913 — CORA BELLE STEVENSON DIED MAY 16, 1941 The lichen-encrusted Stevenson family monument in the Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio, depicts a young girl leaning … Continue reading

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Ruins

CONRAD WINDISCH 1825 – 1887 SOPHIE WINDISCH 1827 – 1901 A passerby in the Spring Grove Cemetery strolling past the gravestone of Conrad Windisch might mistake it for a ruin—which was the whole idea. The white-marble marker carved to look … Continue reading

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One into the Other

The gravestone in the St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Chicago depicts Christ on the cross. The gravestone is a moving and expressive representation demonstrating the pain and the suffering of Christ on the cross. The symbol of Jesus Christ hanging … Continue reading

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