CEMETERY DOCUMENTATION by SHERRY S. JOHNSTON Years ago, when I first started this journey of researching, documenting and writing about cemeteries, I started off with some that were the ‘hard to find’ ones. These are the cemeteries that have been ... Read More
‘Baby Trees’. In Tana Toraja, Indonesia, when a baby dies, a mother cuts a hole in a tree and places the child inside, sometimes in a coffin or basket. A tree may be used for a few babies and for decades. Photo credit: Derek Brown
DEATH MASKS: Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Clarke County, Alabama is in the National Register of Historic Places due to the headstones that tend to stare right back at you. Isaac Nettles praised them as his Death Masks. He cast the faces of people before they died and stored them to create a unique grave marking upon the person’s passing. While most have fallen victim to vandals, the greatest of his works, the triple headed memorial, still stands, molded from the faces his wife and daughters.