December 4, 2008

Loving Remembrance

Filed under: Cemeteries — lessie @ 7:06 pm

John Edward Peoples. His statue stands in the 1st Baptist Church Cemetery, downtown. He is among an amazing small group of graves, very old. The detail in the statue is still evident: the edges of his coat and vest, his mustache, the medallion at his neck, the ivy and hosta (?) growing around the tree trunk his hand and cane rest against. And of course, I love his top hat. He died in 1890 at 37, my age. The plinth contains a verse that’s difficult to read. It concludes with the phrase “a wife’s loving remembrance.”

A friend asked once after reading this blog, “You like cemeteries, don’t you?” Her tone relayed that she thinks I’m weird. I am proudly weird. And I DO love cemeteries, especially in the winter with a wind blowing that drowns out sound, allowing me to imagine I’m walking back in time. (As long as I have a snug jacket!)



  1. that is a great photo! I love how the blue goes from light to deeper blue. And I hate it when power lines get in my photos, but here it looks perfect.

    Comment by Jeff Michels — December 4, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  2. This is a wonderful statue and it has weathered well, the detail still sharp. Cemeteries, not weird at all.

    Comment by jill — December 5, 2008 @ 3:09 am

  3. I don’t think that you are weird at all. I think that the older we get ,the more we appreciate thing from our past. I love old cemeteries , old buildings .and old houses. Just about anything that can give us a small look at the people who came before us. Great picture!

    Comment by Jimmy — December 6, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

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