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Circular Congregational Church Burial Ground-Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston County
Reverend James Parker, d. 1742

Founded in 1681, the Circular Congregational Church is one of the oldest churches in continual use in Charleston. The burial ground, also known as graveyard since it is next to the church, is the oldest one in the city. The first burial occurred in 1695.

George Hesket, 1690-1847

Many of the grave markers are made of slate and carved in New England. The tympanic markers illustrate the evolution of grave symbolism. Skull and crossbones were part of the earlier designs, but they evolved to angels and portraiture. The graveyard contains the most slate markers in a Southern state.

Reverend Guliemi Hutson, 1720-1761
Solomon Milner, 1727-1757
David Stoddard, d. 1769

Rosalie Raymond White at Magnolia Cemetery-Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston County

Rosalie Raymond White, who died at seven months old in 1882, was one of seven children of Blake and Rosalie White. Only two of their children lived to see adulthood.

Rosalie was the White’s first child. Her likeness is carved in relief on a bassinet. Some suggest this is a death mask, which is a likeness created directly from a mold of the person’s face. At any point of the year, different flowers are planted in the bassinet.

The Victorians often used symbols and words to indicate someone “sleeping.” The bassinet represents this concept.

Emanuel AME Church Cemetery, South Carolina

Charleston, Charleston County
Ethel W. Lance

I visited Charleston in 2019 to visit the cemeteries there. If you’ve visited Magnolia Cemetery, you will know there are several cemeteries in the area. As I was leaving Magnolia, I was driving down the side roads around the other cemeteries when I noticed Ethel Lance’s marker.

The grounds were being tended to, so I had to wait until the mowers moved away from the marker. Once I got out, I noticed that she was buried near several other members of the Mother Emanuel mass murders.

Cynthia Hurd
Susie Jackson
Tywanza Sanders

The other victims are buried in different cemeteries around Charleston and South Carolina.