Category Archives: Symbolism

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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Weeping Angel

William Wetmore Story (February 12, 1819 – October 7, 1895), the son of Joseph Story—Supreme Court Justice from 1811—1845, was a multitalented Renaissance man. Story was an editor, poet, art critic, and an incredible sculptor. Though trained as a lawyer … Continue reading

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The Four Evangelists

The Catholic Calvary Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania, has many tombs, gravestones, and markers imbued with Christian symbolism. One of the monuments in that cemetery has a display of all four of the Evangelists—St. Mark, St. John, St. Matthew, and St. … Continue reading

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T.O.T.E.

THOMAS BAKER BORN NOV. 13 1847 DIED JAN. 18 1896 Farewell my wife and Children all. From you A father Christ doth call. FRANCIS T. Son of T. & M. E. BAKER BORN FEB. 23 1874 DIED OCT. 10 1874 … Continue reading

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