Saturday, September 23, 2017
Inside the Impressive Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul
It is the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, which was completed in 1815. It is Episcopalian (formerly Anglican) and has two names because, in 1949, St. Paul's merged with St. Luke's Church on Charlotte Street.
More on the church's rich history can be read here.
When I take my students to St. Luke's we go in the evening, so they do not get to see the inside.
Recently, I went by to try to talk with the church's archivist, Linda McCants. She was not in, but before leaving I saw that the sanctuary was open, so I took a quick peak inside and shot these photographs.
At first I thought this to be an eagle, but bird "expert" that I am, I think it may be a cormorant. It's bill appears to have a curve at the tip, which is a characteristic of that wading bird.
I'll need to investigate further. I will see Linda McCants when we visit Monday night, so I'll ask her about this.
She died in 1845 at age 39. The inscription says she is buried in an Episcopal cemetery in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
Her connection with this Charleston church is not clear, based on the words beneath the mourning woman with the fallen Bible at her feet. The draped urn symbolizes death and sadness.
I will try to ask Ms. McCants about Mary Heyward.
mausoleums, some of which, mysteriously, have no names on them.
I'd like to find out more about William Johnston and his descendants who are interred in here with him.
At the bottom, the smaller plaque says that the records of those "entombed here are filed in the church and in South Carolina Historical Societies."
according to the Find A Grave website, includes this small and interesting sarcophagus which is held up by four lion paws.
This is an example of a cradle grave, which can also be called a bedstead.
I learned some new things about the origins of cradle graves from this blog post (done in Blogger, which is what my students and I use in the class).