The Crenshaw Children Monument-Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This striking marker is located in Magnolia Cemetery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. William and Mary Crenshaw lost four children. Three of their children died within a couple of months of each other. Their fourth child, listed on the marker as “The Nameless One,” did not make it past its first day.

An early death was quite common during the Victorian period. Diseases like diphtheria could ravage a household. It’s common to see family plots where a family has lost more than one child.

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