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Whiting Clock Monuments

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.

Robert Read (1828-1859) Headstone

This markers contains a great deal of imagery. The broken column represents a life cut short. The hourglass serves as a reminder as that life on earth is short. The angel with staff represents Father Time. A fuller explanation is that the symbols collectively communicate the story of the Weeping Virgin.