• nescio posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    If volunteers are the ones cleaning it up, who is operating the new burials? If it’s the family owners, that might get a little awkward, right?

    Furthermore, do you think they’ll stop tending to it once they find all of the markings? They can’t keep doing this forever.

  •  “Asleep in Jesus,” reads a fairly recent grave marking dated 1917. This man’s whole life, James Harris, has been boiled down to “husband” who is “asleep in Jesus.”
    We can only see that he is Christian and […]

  •  “Asleep in Jesus,” reads a fairly recent grave marking dated 1917. This man’s whole life, James Harris, has been boiled down to “husband” who is “asleep in Jesus.”

    We can only see that he is Christian and […]

    • Nescio,
      You raised an interesting question about people of different Christian faiths declaring their sect. I believe in Hollywood Cemetery I witnessed a few graves, which did in fact proclaim that the individual buried there was an Evangelical. In fact one inscription even documented the number of “souls” the individual saved. Though perhaps fewer branches did this because they believed they had truest form of the faith, ergo they did not need to claim it on a headstone. Or perhaps it was seen as unnecessary the majority.
      As far as the framing of the statement- I have to agree with you that the statement seems a bit off. Mayhap he cannot be asleep with Jesus because it would infer Jesus is resting and thus not keeping watch over his soul. My initial thought was that he became part of the god, but that did not seem to align with Christian beliefs. Your thoughts on the intimacy of the statement are quite intriguing. Now when I go back to the statement I think of how a mother protects the child in her womb.
      Thank you

  • I ask for you to remember the juxtaposition of Shockoe and Hebrew Cemetery. What exactly differentiates these two?
    The first thing I noticed about Shockoe Cemetery was its enclosure. Given its relative […]

  • I ask for you to remember the juxtaposition of Shockoe and Hebrew Cemetery. What exactly differentiates these two?

    The first thing I noticed about Shockoe Cemetery was its enclosure. Given its relative […]

  • nescio posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    All of the markings, for one, and I believe our guide told us about an extremely detailed burial manifest that the priest kept. While some of the graves are illegible they are able to be read on the church’s documentation.

    Though, come to think of it, that may have been a story I mixed up from Dr. Smith…

  • nescio posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I hadn’t thought of the stadium bringing in tourists for historical value. I worry though that a stadium will lead to more apathy when it comes to the handling of the poor state of The African Burial Ground. More parking lots will pave over more history, for instance. I think it’s the bottom line that the government cares about: why worry about…[Read more]

  • To compare the Burial Ground for Negroes and St. John’s Churchyard is to understand the nature of Richmond’s history.

    Behold! Just beyond this fantastic overpass lay the majestic and historic Burial Ground for […]

  • To compare the Burial Ground for Negroes and St. John’s Churchyard is to understand the nature of Richmond’s history.

    Behold! Just beyond this fantastic overpass lay the majestic and historic Burial Ground […]

    • Good images and good thinking here.
      How has St. John’s been documented?

      • All of the markings, for one, and I believe our guide told us about an extremely detailed burial manifest that the priest kept. While some of the graves are illegible they are able to be read on the church’s documentation.

        Though, come to think of it, that may have been a story I mixed up from Dr. Smith…

  • I am not a fan of museums. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what they do in preserving artifacts or educating the public, it’s just that they don’t meld well with my brain. Walking around for three hours and pre […]

  • I am not a fan of museums. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what they do in preserving artifacts or educating the public, it’s just that they don’t meld well with my brain. Walking around for three hours and […]

    • As you pointed out sometimes, over time, traditions evolve and change. While it is very true that hair jewelry is not a thriving industry anymore the keeping of hair as a keepsake still is. Walk into any Hallmark and in the baby area there are a variety of cute little boxes for baby’s first curl and baby’s first tooth. Most baby memory scrap books also have a place for baby’s first curl. This may have more to do with the passing of right as a baby’s first haircut is usually a segway into toddlerhood then a link to mourning jewelry but the fact that it is a hair keepsake from a loved one ties it to the keepsakes of the hair jewelry, a rememberance of a loved one from a time gone by. Maybe it is like changing Yuletide into Christmas , hair jewelry into first curls.

  • Dr. Smith and fellow classmates,

    Nice to meet you all. You all seem very nice, smart, and generally well groomed. What more could I ask for? I look forward to reading everyone’s writing and having mine […]

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