Category Archives: Symbolism

Catholic Cemetery-Savannah, Georgia

Started in 1853, Catholic Cemetery was developed after leaders in the Catholic Diocese asked that there be a Catholic section in Laurel Grove North Cemetery, and their request was denied. After the cemetery opened, many remains were moved from Colonial Park Cemetery to here. Along with the remains, many of the stones were moved, too.

Marker for siblings, John Jasper, aged 11 days, and Mary Frances Rourke, 1874-1880.
Eugene Battle-1901-1912-His epitaph reads “drowned March 14, 1912. A victim of play.”

Sherman’s troops used the cemetery as an encampment area. Many markers were damaged, and the ironwork was used to build fortifications.

Francis Bohan-1871-1900-I love the relief details spell out Frank.

This is an overlooked cemetery when people think of the must-see cemeteries in Savannah. There are several grand Victorian markers. There’s at least one John Walz of “Little Gracie” fame.

Prince-He loved his master. This is a rare marker to a pet in a “human” cemetery.
A Confederate monument dedicated to the service of the “Irish Jasper Greens.”
Rose (1858-1881) and Richard (1855-1882) Roe

New Hope AME Church and Cemetery-Atlanta, Georgia

Located in Buckhead, the New Hope AME church is an anomaly compared to the exclusive homes that run along Arden Road. The vernacular church resembles many Black churches in rural Georgia with the central gable and tower. The church was founded in 1869 by newly freedmen and women. James H. Smith, a white Buckhead farmer, donated three acres of land to the congregation to build a church and a school.

The original church building was destroyed by fire in 1927. The current building consists of a 1928 basement and a 1936 sanctuary.

The school burned in 1942.

The cemetery’s earliest burial is 1889. Since the cemetery photos were taken, the cemetery has been restored.

Cliff Nelms (d. 1967)-This is an unusual marker that I believe is handmade.
James R. R. Maddox (1850-1913)-The overlapping Vs likely represent a Masonic organization.
Albert Daniel (1887-1904)
Ada Newton-One of the handmade markers by artist Eldrin Bailey

Wise Family Cemetery-Chesconessex, Virginia

Entry gate to cemetery

Henry A. Wise owned a plantation not far from the cemetery. Enclosed by a brick wall, burials range from the 1600s to 2017.

Left view
Col. John Wise, 1617-1695
Peggy Gillett, 1736-1808
Tympanum marker for John Wise, 1749-1760
John Wise, d. 1717
Henry Wise, V, 1998-2017

James Graham Kenan Mausoleum-Wilmington, North Carolina

This is the stately plot of the Kenan family. Outside of the mausoleum, there are family members buried in the large circular plot. It is located in the Oakdale Cemetery. The winged cherub at the top of the mausoleum represents innocence.