The Morales-Arlington Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, Louisiana

Josie Arlington was a well-known madam in New Orleans. Before her death, she purchased this plot in Metairie Cemetery and commissioned to have this tomb built. Upon her death, she was briefly interred and then removed to an unknown burial plot when her family fought over her estate.

Jose Morales, a local lawyer, bought the tomb for his wife and children. This stirred controversy among community members, and her tomb attracted attention. At one point, a red light was installed close to her tomb and it looked like the tomb was on fire. The light was later removed.

To date, the Metairie staff have not revealed where Josie is buried.

This tomb and sculpture are listed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save our Sculpture! project and is listed on the Inventory of American Sculpture.

LeBlanc Cherubs at Magnolia Cemetery-Mobile, Alabama

Sisters Margaret and Jane LeBlanc are memorialized in a monument that was erected by the grandmother,Jane Stewart LeBlanc. Margaret died at the age of 18 months in 1919. Jane passed away at the age of four in 1918. Families often dealt with the loss of their children due to diseases that modern healthcare can now manage.

Cherubs represent innocence and are a common symbol seen on Victorian gravesites of children.

Whiting Clock Monuments, Alabama

Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
Abby Ann Whiting, 1820-1866
James Whiting, 1828-1870

Both monument stand next to each other with the words, “Erected by their mother.” Their mother, Susan, passed away in 1876. The poignant angel weeks and the clocks, with their hands inching towards midnight, illustrate Victorian iconography.

These monuments can be found in the Church Street Graveyard in Mobile, Alabama. While a small cemetery, there are many interesting monuments contained within its walls.

Dr. John Pemberton at Linwood Cemetery-Columbus, Georgia

Dr. John Stith Pemberton (1831-1888) was a pharmacist, inventor, and Confederate States Army veteran. In 1886, he created an early version of a drink that evolved into what we know as Coca-Cola. His version consisted of alcohol and cocaine and was called, “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca.” He made this drink to help manage his pain after receiving a saber wound during the Battle of Columbus of the Civil War.

While he died in Atlanta, he is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia. Whenever I visit, someone has left a memento on his marker. It’s usually a bottle of Coke.

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