"If you are walking in Charleston, you are walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

Monday, September 28, 2015

Madison's view of Magnolia Cemetery

Lindsey's Trip to Magnolia Cemetery
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Diana Colen's Trip to Magnolia Cemetery

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Sarah Zschunke's Magnolia Cemetery Visit

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Eli's Trek Through Magnolia Cemetery

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Rebecca's Trip to Magnolia Cemetery

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Kaitlin Eakin's Post on Magnolia Cemetery


Evan's blog

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Patrick's Blog

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Haley Surface's Visit to Magnolia Cemetery

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Ty Hoecker Magnolia Cemetery September 27, 2015

Annie Arneman's Magnolia Cemetery Post

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Zoie Kelly's Magnolia Cemetery Trip

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Samantha's Trip to Magnolia Cemetery

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Monumental Magnolia Cemetery Field Trip!

The temperatures and bug activity were fairly moderate on Sept. 21 for our highly anticipated (by me anyway!) visit to Magnolia Cemetery, as part of the "Beyond the Grave" First Year Experience course I am teaching this fall.

Monday, September 14, 2015

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Madison Jennings

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Beautiful and Historic Charleston Graveyards


Evans Blog

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Read Ty Hoecker's Church Graveyard Post

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral


Diana Colen's Blog

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Diana Colen's Blog


Graveyard visit 9/7/15

This headstone is for Georceanna Hume who was born on October 19th, 1819 and she died on September 7th, 1855. There is a bird on the headstone which is symbolic of the winged soul. 

This headstone belongs to Harriet Sarah Nowell, who was the beloved wife of John Lasgelles Nowell. The crown on a cross signifies the Sovereignty of the Lord. 

I found this mausoleum at the Cathedral when I went to visit with my class. This one was unique because of the pillars and that it was the first thing you saw when you walked into the graveyard. 

This tablet stone belongs to the sacred John Dircy, for some reason his stone is broken in half at the top. The cross signifies religion and his stone was engraved but unfortunately it is not readable in the picture. 

The tombstones above are a man and wife who were buried next to each other, so they could always be together forever. On both of their gravestones they had bible passages. 

Above is a picture of the Episcopal Cathedral graveyard taken from outside of the gate that surrounds it. 

Sarah Zschunke's Blog Post

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Click here to read Patrick Finkelstein's blog post about graveyards.

Eli Sobel's Blog Post

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Zoie Kelly's Gravyard Visit

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Haley Surface's Blog Post

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sophie Meserve's Graveyard Visit

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Read Samantha Sinrich's Blog Post

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Read Addison Byrd's Church Graveyard Post

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Read Annie Arneman's Church Graveyard Post

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Read Avery Jackson's Church Graveyard Post

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Week 3 Prezi Presentation: Funeral and Cemetery Evolution

In this Week 3 Prezi on Sept. 14 we will explore the evolution of funerary and cemetery customs in the world and America.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Church Graveyards Visit a Hit!

During class on Sept. 7 I took my "Beyond the Grave" students to two nearby churches to see their graveyards. Both churches are very old. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul on Coming Street dates to 1810. St Patrick Catholic Church on St. Philip Street opened in 1838.
Graveyard at St. Luke's 

St. Luke's features a rich array of grave markers, monuments and memorials, including headstones and flat ledger stones seen in the forefront and mausoleums seen in the background. The ledger stones were designed to keep the spirits from escaping and haunting the living!

St. Luke's graveyard

An ornate iron gate surrounds this family plot. Two pedestal tombs with vaulted tops are seen along the left side of this photo. Next to the pedestal tomb in the forefront is a pedestal with a draped broken column on it. The broken column symbolizes a life cut short, often men who died in their twenties or thirties.

The drapery connotes mourning and sadness.

Mausoleum at St. Luke's graveyard

Students pose in front of a large  mausoleum behind the St. Luke/St. Paul Church.

Notice the inverted torches on both sides of the door. This is a symbol of an extinguished life. If the upside down torch is lighted, as these two are, there is the promising message of eternal life after death in Heaven. When the torch is inverted and not lit, this means the end to the family name because there are no sons to carry it on.

The Latin inscription at the top of the mausoleum reads "Qui Christo Vivit Perire Nescit" ("He who knows Christ never perishes").

I found online someone who also wrote about this mausoleum in a blog called "Cocktails in Charleston."

The long narrow graveyard at St. Patrick Catholic Church 

A short walk from St. Luke's, on St. Philip Street, is St. Patrick Catholic Church, which has a smaller graveyard than St. Luke's.

This one consists mainly of neatly arranged in rows headstones, many dating to the pre-Civil War or Antebellum times.

A beautifully inscribed obelisk

A tall obelisk is an example of the elaborate Victorian Era grave monument. This one is not as tall as many that can be found in Charleston. But it makes up for its modest height with a litany of words and a handsome family crest.

Obelisks, a design dating to ancient times, is a symbol of a family or person's power, strength and wealth.

To the obelisk's right is a cross mounted on a platform of boulders. The boulders may also be interpreted as symbols of strength and power. But they can also refer to the earlier gravesites in ancient times when stones and boulders were placed over buried bodies to keep the dead from rising out of their graves.

Graveyard at St. Patrick's church on St. Philip Street

The view from the back of the graveyard at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The family plot seen in the forefront has several classic grave marker styles.

From left to right, we see a headstone that's angled at the top, a style common to the 18th and early 19th centuries. The smaller rounded headstone is characteristic of the mid-18th century and later. Another cross-on-boulder marker is next to that (see notes on this style above) and on the far right is a small pedestal tomb with vaulted top, a nod to power, wealth and stability.

Many thanks to the folks at St. Luke's and St. Patrick's churches for allowing us to visit their most interesting graveyards!