A Graveshelter to Research

I’ve known about, and visited a certain monument at the Harpersville Garden of Memories cemetery in Shelby County, Alabama for several years now, but has had me perplexed for a while, and it’s time to put some research time in.

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

It’s a large, old cemetery, with some newer monuments in the back, and some nice features like this stacked rock enclosure in the earlier section.

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

This is the graveshelter. At first, I was trying to figure out if it was — rather than an open-sided graveshelter like so many others — some sort of mausoleum. I’m convinced that it is a barrel-roofed empty space covering graves in the ground.

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

Above, it appears as though this end has the opening to the inside that’s been filled in. Below, the opposite.

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

The plaque in view below reads:

Restored 2005
by
Mary Louise Moore Lamkin
Great Great Grandaughter (sp)
of the
Rev. Lemuel C. & Orpah Byrd Moore

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

Shelby County, Alabama, USA BURIAL Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery, Harpersville AL

The inscription reads:

To the memory of the deceased whose names are inscribed beneath this monument

erected and piously consecrated by their surviving relatives

Rev LEMUEL MOORE born February 13th 1761 departed this life October, 1826. ORPAH, consort of Rev. Lemuel Moore born August 13th 1772, departed this life March 24th 1823

MARTHA MOORE, consort of M.E. Moore, departed this life August 24th 1823 Aged 30 years

By whose side sleeps her infant daughter SARAH ANN

They all left assurances of their peace with God. Let then the doctrines of the immortality

of the soul and of the resurrection of the dead cheer the

hearts of the mourners who come to ??? at this tomb

That’s really as far as I can read because the rest of it is at least partially covered. I’m going to contact some other historians to see what I can find, and if you have information, please contact me.

Thrift Store: A Question Requiring Lots of Question Marks

Pure-Dee Philosophy at King's Home Thrift Store, Hanceville AL

(cleaning up the grammar here a teensy bit because I had to read the original a couple of times to understand):

???????
If you open it
it’s what it’s supposed to be
and it works as it’s supposed to

You don’t purchase it.

Would you answer why you opened it.???
Just curious!

Thrift Store Management Musings
King’s Home Thrift Store
Hanceville AL, 2022.

This Week’s Various

Ack, I’m so behind on doing a TWV and updating in general (tons of updates coming, but I def want to get this posted, even if it’s not everything! xoxo!)

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Margaret's Grocery, Vicksburg MS

Margaret’s Grocery, from a visit almost 20 years ago

We were thrilled to get the word that the Kohler Foundation would be restoring Margaret’s Grocery in Vicksburg, but then came the word that they won’t be, and it’s not 100% clear yet what happened.


Gee's Bend Collage

from a visit to Gee’s Bend in 2009

From Hyperallergic, The New Bend Nods to Gee’s Bend but Strays From Quilting: I was left wondering whether more of a connection could be made between some of the artists and artworks and the artists of Gee’s Bend.

“Gee’s Bend often gets mythologized as if it lives behind us,” Russell shared during a press preview of The New Bend at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea, continuing, “I think it’s really important to understand that the Gee’s Bend quilters are creating in the world right now alongside every single [artist] in this room.”


At the NYT: Michael Stipe, Another Outsider at the Art Fair: The R.E.M. singer-songwriter is parting with works from his collection of Southern artists — but their inspiration lingers on.

Is there is a piece of Southern outsider art that was too meaningful to part with?

In my studio I keep a piece by Leroy Person, a sculpture made out of broken chairs that he carved and used crayon to color, next to a postcard of a Brancusi sculpture. To me there is a very clear connection between the two artists.

I also have a little carved figurine that Howard Finster gave me. It was a piece he had carved — whittled, he would say — for one of his children or grandchildren, before he had his ecstatic vision that set him on the course of becoming an artist. But he recognized my interest and the friendship. I’ll keep it forever.


The new Elvis movie trailer


Looks from the Chloe AW22 show that featured Gee’s Bend designs

 

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From the NYT: Gregory Peck’s Daughter and Others Keep ‘Mockingbird’ Sequel Rights
In a settlement agreement, the estate of Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” renewed the movie sequel and remake rights of Cecilia Peck and other successors and heirs to the makers of the original 1962 film.

The drawn-out fight pitted a best-selling American literary icon against the descendants of filmmakers who had produced an acclaimed movie that was nominated for an Oscar for best picture and that Lee herself professed to love.

also in the NYT:

Harper Lee Estate Told to Pay $2.5 Million in Dispute Over ‘Mockingbird’ Plays
The estate is contesting an arbitrator’s ruling that it had been too aggressive in limiting productions of a 1970 adaptation of the novel as Aaron Sorkin’s new staged version came to Broadway.


I once — for whatever reason (actually I think it was a day I had lunch at Maggie’s Diner) — stepped into the Howard & Linton Barber Shop in Tuscaloosa in 2011, and asked to take this pic

Howard & Linton Barber Shop, Tuscaloosa AL

The Tuscaloosa News reports
…the contents of the late Rev. Thomas Linton’s barbershop planned to populate a future civil rights history museum in Tuscaloosa, amounts to, unscientifically speaking, a lot.

and
After racists threw food and garbage on Autherine Lucy as she attempted to enroll at UA, she was brought to the shop to get cleaned up. On “Bloody Tuesday,” June 9, 1964, when activists attempting a peaceful march, to protest the segregated courthouse, were beaten by deputized thugs, some ducked into the shop, while Linton himself reported directly to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, helping arrange hospital care and bail money for the 94 people arrested, and the 33 beaten badly enough to require medical care.


Pasaquan, Outside Buena Vista GA

Pasaquan, from a visit in 2012 (it’s been restored since)

The origin of Pasaquan, an inclusive folk-art ‘psychedelic wonderland’ outside Columbus, Ga. on WABE — the Pasaquan site is here.


My friend Henk catalogues art environments in Europe made by non-professionals, as he puts it. If you’re interested in seeing what’s in, say, Ukraine, here’s the inventory by country. And wow, at Парк Живых и Мёртвых/Park of the living and the dead in Dnipro, strong visual connections to Kenny Hill’s sculpture garden in Chauvin


MPB Radio on the Emmett Till’s family members who met in Jackson to ask the state AG to bring murder charges against Carolyn Bryant Donham.


Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, Biloxi MS

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, 2012

I missed this from May, but:

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi is pleased to announce a major donation of 50 artworks by Los Angeles-based, advocate and collector Gordon W. Bailey. The transformative gift features African American artists Leroy Almon, David Butler, Richard Dial, Thornton Dial, Minnie Evans, Roy Ferdinand, Sandy Hall, Clementine Hunter, Charlie Lucas, Juanita Rogers, Sulton Rogers, Welmon Sharlhorne, Herbert Singleton, Willie White, and Purvis Young; Native Americans, Silas and Bertha Claw, Betty Manygoats, Elizabeth Manygoats, Wallace Nez, and Lorraine Williams; and Southern potters, Burlon Craig, Cheever Meaders, and Lanier Meaders.


In the NYT: Drugs, Planes, Bail: The Wild Story of George Jones’s Lost Recordings // 
Plans to market long unheard tapes by the country star — discovered in a court storage vault decades after being posted by narcotics traffickers — are at the center of a bitter dispute.

And here, a classic


PBS’ Newshour: Famed Gee’s Bend Quilters are now on the Runway and Online

In the late 90’s, an art dealer named Bill Arnett visited Gee’s Bend and was captivated by the artistry he saw. Another master quilter, Mary Margaret Pettway, remembers when this stranger showed up in town wanting to buy her mother’s quilts.

Mary Margaret Pettway: He bought quite a few quilts. But what he wanted was the old raggedy quilts.

Megan Thompson: To you, they’re old and raggedy.

Mary Margaret Pettway: I promise you they were.

Megan Thompson: But to him?

Mary Margaret Pettway: Apparently they were gold.

Megan Thompson: Arnett bought hundreds of quilts and curated an exhibition that became a sensation. The New York Times called them, “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”


At The New Yorker a small mention, A Precedent to the Endless Instagram Feed, “A Trillion Sunsets: A Century of Image Overload,” at the International Center of Photography, includes Walker Evans’s “Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936.” but more pics at the ICP’s exhibit site.


Africatown, by Mobile, the community established by West Africans in 1860, who were on the last known (illegal) slave shipment to the US:

World Monuments Fund (WMF) includes Africatown on the 2022 World Monuments Watch to highlight the need and opportunity for authentic, community-led preservation and storytelling. 


I wish the audio here was better, but this is Horton Foote being interviewed about Carson McCullers


Lonnie Holley was named a 2022 Fellow with an unrestricted $50,000 cash award from Chicago-based arts funding org United States Artists (USA) a couple of months ago.

Another winner was Brett Ratliff of Kentucky, who co-produced documentary “Bright Morning Stars: The Johnsons of Hemphill” (which won the inaugural Boone Docs Film Festival Judge’s Award) and I wish wish wish there was a clip I could show, but it’s about (from Appalshop:)

…the story of Mabel and Gwen Johnson as they navigate the post-coal world in Eastern Kentucky. Faced with unspeakable obstacles, they pulled together and started a community center and a bakery. The film is the first in a new series entitled Bright Morning Stars from filmmaker Ethan Payne documenting contemporary Appalachian folkways.

Okay, and because I love when things connect all over the place, it’s the co-producer of Bright Morning Stars — Ethan Payne — who did:

and Lonnie’s ‘I Went to Sleep’ which was filmed in part in Joe Minter’s art environment

…and look at beautiful Hilda at 4:45 in the clip. When I was at Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about Hilda’s voice and I have some of her voicemails to me that I’ll neverrrrrr delete just so I can listen to her.


Among those presented with the AIA’s 2022 Architecture Award:

Home Building at Thaden School | EskewDumezRipple (Bentonville, Arkansas)

Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design Miller Hull Partnership in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent (Atlanta)

Marine Education Center at the University of Southern Mississippi | Lake|Flato Architects in collaboration with Unabridged Architecture (Ocean Springs, Mississippi)

Menil Drawing Institute Johnston Marklee (Houston)

The Owsley Brown II History Center | de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (Louisville, Kentucky)


I grew up weekends on Smith Lake on a Chaparral (which was beyond cool) and always thought of pontoon boats as the Family Truckster of the water, but then Robb Report says “hey how about this Bennington 25 QX Sport?” (which is btw almost $400k, Lawd!) and also, a reminder that it’s time to put the boat back in the water.

Anyway, I’d maybe rather have a Modern Shed DW (Dwelling on Wheels) and have it at a lake and then a backyard and then the boonies, though their pricing is the “let’s play around and get your dreams in here, then once you’re fully heart-invested, we’ll talk $$” model, so no idea of cost…


DSC02723

A visit with Allan in 2010

Forgaging for Ramps with the King of Appalachian Smoked Pork in the NYT, on, of course, Allan Benton

When he was done cooking, Mr. Benton took a paper plate of meat, potatoes and cornbread and settled back into his chair. “I prefer it to foie gras, to be quite honest,” he said, staring through the campfire smoke to the nearby river. “It’s even better out here.”


A performance of the Appalachian spiritual Bright Morning Stars


What’s been done to The Great Gatsby now that it’s no longer protected by copyright, from The Guardian. James West, emeritus professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F Scott Fitzgerald notes in his study that he researched 34+ new print editions released in the last year and found:

“17 editions dropped Fitzgerald’s dedication to his wife, Zelda: “Her name has been erased – a serious problem … because she was Fitzgerald’s muse. She was partly the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan.”

…The first edition’s cover – artist Francis Cugat’s painting of a woman’s eyes hovering over an amusement park – is “probably the most famous jacket in all of American literature”, West said, with Fitzgerald particularly wanting it, saying that he had “written it into the book”. It may have inspired details such as Doctor TJ Eckleburg’s “blue and gigantic” eyes.

It appeared on the novel’s numerous reprints, but not on the new editions… Another depicts a couple next to what resembles “a Dodge Charger, the muscle car popular during the 1980s”.


Well, I feel confident that Billy Reid mentioned the woman he’s talking about here is Teh-lay-nay, Tom Hendrix’s great-great grandmother and inspiration for the incredible monument by the Trace that is Tom’s dedication to her, the Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall. Teh-lah-nay was part of the Yuchi people, but someone at Magnolia must’ve edited the story for time. Regardless, everyone needs to know this story and pics from a few of my visits are here.

 

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from a visit with Tom in 2006:

Tom Hendrix, builder of Te-Lah-Nay's Wall, Lauderdale County AL

Te-Lah-Nay's Wall, Natchez Trace

Teh-Lah-Nay's Wall - Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall by Tom Hendrix, Florence AL


Super random:

Learned that alma mater just means that one attended an instituion, not necessarily that one graduated from it. Out of the blue, decided to look up where Cormac McCarthy went to college (his alma mater was Tennessee, but he didn’t graduate) after reading the David Shields interview in the NYT where he quotes McCarthy, “Death is the major issue in the world. For you, for me, for all of us. It just is. To not be able to talk about it is very odd.” and PS, Shields says, “In graduate school, I thought Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” was the greatest book ever written. On many levels, I still believe that, but I can’t read it anymore. Proust’s epic now feels to me sort of twee and also not discontinuous enough. I need more comedy, more urgency, more white space.”


Crystal Grill’s mile high pies, y’all.

Chocolate meringue pie, from a 2005 visit

Chocolate Pie, Crystal Grill, Greenville MS

and 2016

Chocolate Meringue Pie, Crystal Grill, Greenwood MS


Ralph Blizard with the Reeltime Travelers, from 2015


SPACES runs an interview with my friend, art environment photographer Fred Scruton


The world’s smallest Buc-ee’s appeared, then disappeared. The artist behind it guessed that “…the shift to e-commerce and higher gas prices probably forced it to close.”


Peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches, a rewind from G&G 2014.



Will have to get to the University of Mississippi Museum’s Jacob Hashimoto: The Other Sun exhibit before it closes September 3, 2022. More/better pics at his site, with a close date of August 17 showing.


Can not even saaaayyyyy how much I love Severance on Apple TV+. From the NYT: What ‘Severance’ Is Made of: ‘Being John Malkovich’ and a Sizzler Steakhouse // The creator of the sci-fi thriller drew on Kurt Vonnegut, “Black Mirror” and a ’90s restaurant commercial to build the show’s disquieting sets and nightmare logic.

If David Lynch had done a promotional video for a steakhouse chain, it might have looked a little bit like this five-minute oddity created for Sizzler in 1991. “Looking at it now, I’m like, ‘Oh, God, were we all in a cult?’” Erickson said. “What makes the video so fascinating to me is that they’re basically equating Sizzler with the idea of freedom and the idea of choice, because you can go to either the grill or the buffet.”

and here it is:

also, I seriously think the new Max Siedentopf campaign with the Gucci GG Monogram in blue has sick Severance vibes

and check out Superette looks.


The Mark Landis “Creative Conscience” exhibit at Salomon Arts Gallery in Manhattan is open; among the opening events was a screening of Art and Craft, about his forgeries and how he went about convincing museums they were authentic


Dreaming of holding some absolute DALLAS-level board meetings with this conference table & chairs.


Okay, amazing-amazing-amazing week and I want to share so much goodness about it — will post Sunday or Monday. Hope you are doing super great! xoxo!

Simone Leigh at the Venice Biennale

The NYT has a new piece on the Venice Biennale:
At Venice Biennale, Contemporary Art Sinks or Swims
This year’s event is a lopsided affair, with a forceful central exhibition but disappointing national pavilions. Stan Douglas (Canada) packs a punch and Simone Leigh (U.S.) stands out for her aspiration.

First of all, consider taking in the art just featured on the website. The event is on from April 23 – November 27.

Simone Leigh is representing the US (I’m trying to think of where I’ve last seen her work in person, and I’m thinking the Menil Collection, last year, but not at all certain); her work, incredible:

Simone Leigh in the U.S. Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale of Art from MONA productions on Vimeo.

From the NYT:

,…Leigh remains most successful in ceramic works such as the large white “Jug,” an oversized reconstitution of a Southern face jug whose surface she embeds with enlarged cowrie shells, and “Cupboard,” whose stonewear shell atop a large raffia skirt builds on surrealism’s African appropriations and Caribbean afterlives.

She’s taken these Southern forms — the face jug, the cupboard which has been mentioned before, taken from the Mammy’s Cupboard building in Natchez:

Mammy's Cupboard, Natchez MS

here, photographed in 2005

and the shells on face jug — here are some in my collection:

Face Jugs

really remind me so much, too, of the tradition of shells (though not cowrie in these examples) on cemetery monuments, like this on at Pioneer Cemetery in Greenville, Alabama, that I photographed in 2008:

Shell Cemetery Monument, Pioneer Cemetery, Greenville Alabama

Shell Monument at Pine Flat Methodist Church Cemetery, Butler County AL

…and this one, at Pine Flat Methodist Church Cemetery in Butler County AL.


There will be a ton of reviews coming in this week and especially this weekend. W Magazine did a nice feature on what to make sure to see at the Biennale; view Anselm Kiefer at Palazzo Ducale

Icon Spirit

Thrilledddddd to be included in Icon Spirit vol 2

Icon Spirit Photography

Icon Spirit vol 2, me

From the site:
Icon & Spirit is a magazine publication that looks at the archetypes of these two themes in relation to art. The publication includes 30 artists and a forward by the writer and community organizer, Robert Gipe. This is a small edition of 150 perfect bound copies. The publication has 100 pages of work. There are two interviews! One focuses on Jenna Garrett’s series “This Holy Hill” and the second is between Joseph Yechezqel and the monk Brother Stephen who met in prison and collaborate in traditional byzantine and contemporary Christian iconographic paintings. Please support the exposure of these artists by purchasing your copy today!

Artists in publication:
(I’m linking to a few here incl ones I know, esp Byron Sonnier and Bill Major)

Adam J. Trabold, Ally Christmas, Brother Stephen, Byron Sonnier, Lindsay Rogers, Leslie Paul, Elena Corradino, Ginger Brook (hiiiii!), Hannah Helton, Jenna Garrett, Joseph Yechezqel, Katelyn Chapman, Liz Moughon, Guadalupe Navarro, Mac Balentine, Matthew Flores, Matthew J. Brown, Michael Jensen, Pamela Diaz Martinez, Patrick Owens, Reuben Hemmer, Robby Toles, Robert Martin, Samuel Fentress, Shawn Campbell, Stephanie Sutton, William Major, and Zac Wilson

Bill Major previously did an art book called “Baby Faces & Heels” on rural wrestling and it is beyonnndddddd even if you’re not into it

 

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A Man And His Catfish

K-May Donuts, Athens AL

*Do* love a good business bulletin board. Interspersed there with the independent insurance business cards and the realtor cards (the realtors really outdo themselves) there’s occasionally something with real substance. This one is fab. I knew an almost-100lb catfish had to be in at least the Decatur Daily, so looked it up, and it made it all the way to Channel 48 in Huntsville.

Theodore Pride and his 98lb 3oz catfish, caught at Point Mallard
(watch the video. He is terrific.)
K-May Donuts
Athens AL, 2022.

Lonnie’s Works in Clay

Lonnie Holley is working in clay now — it’s his first show in this medium exclusively, and it began this weekend at Dallas Contemporary.

The show is titled “Coming From the Earth,” and it comes about after the gallery invited him to visit Cerámica Suro in Guadalajara, Mexico last year. (BTW, the place is a DREAM.) He spent two-and-a-half weeks making things from clay, visited the round pyramids in the area, and studied the techniques of skilled craftspeople.

His works at Dallas Contemporary will be on view through August 21.


Some of Lonnie’s newest music:

Lonnie Holley Sculpture: Headed to the Land we were Promised, New Orleans

Headed to the Land we were Promised, New Orleans (photographed last month)

Lonnie Holley, Supported by the Power, New Orleans Museum of Art

Lonnie Holley, Supported by the Power, at the New Orleans Museum of Art (I photographed November 2021)


The excellent, excellent Toledo Museum of Art’s Living Legacies: Art of the African American South exhibit closes May 1. It was not yet up when I was there this summer, but the TMA is a world-class museum and this will not disappoint, I promise. Go if you can.

…features 24 works, from large-scale assemblages and mixed media sculptures to paintings, textiles, and works on paper acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Artists represented are Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, John B. Murray, Royal Robertson, Georgia Speller, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and several generations of women quiltmakers, including Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, Jessie T. Pettway, Lola Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway, Martha Pettway, Rita Mae Pettway, and Florine Smith, as well as Estelle Witherspoon, one of the founders of the Freedom Quilting Bee. In recent years, these artists’ innovative practices have received overdue recognition throughout institutional spaces and in the larger cultural discourse. This exhibition will celebrate their crucial contributions to a broader understanding of American art as well as their enduring legacies.

PS: Joe Minter sends everyone his love. Saw him last month and will get by again next week. xoxo!

The Cyclone of March 25, 1901, And He… And She… And They…

Since I posted a good-natured monument from the Athens AL City Cemetery yesterday, I wanted to go back and post more pics from from this really interesting cemetery. There’s one monument that mentions someone killed from a tornado (back then, called a cyclone) and this was the one in the Birmingham area that day, deemed to be an F3, that killed 25 people:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Harriet Emily Pryor
beloved wife of
Robert Joseph Lowe
Born Sept 13, 1866.
And Francis Pettus Lowe
Their infant son
Born March 2, 1901.

Wife and Child

Killed in the ruins of their home by the
cyclone which destroyed it, Monday morning,
March 25, 1901.

The pic above is when I photographed it in 2008; here’s how I found it in January of this year:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

This family story is pretty incredible, and includes politics and family members being born just before, and just after, parents passing away. Harriet’s husband, Robert Joseph Lowe Jr, was the son of (obv) Robert Joseph Lowe Sr, a Private in the 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, who died in 1862 when he contracted typhoid during the march to the First battle at Manassas (First Battle of Bull Run).

He, RJL Jr, was born in 1861, so just a baby when his father died. He was a lawyer in Birmingham in 1900 just before the cyclone, and I looked up the house number — that’s an apartment building now. There’s a notation that his and Harriet’s son, the baby who passed away in the cyclone along with her, was named Francis Pettus after the Alabama Speaker of the House (who died March 6, 1901, is buried at Live Oak in Selma, and whose monument is “a tribute of love from the Mobile Bar”). It’s Francis Pettus’ son, Edmund, for whom the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma is named.

Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma AL

In 1910, RJL Jr. was living in Eufaula. His monument there lists him as a Colonel, and he’d married twice more after Harriet’s death.

Caroline Toney “Carrie” Cochran married him in Eufaula April 9, 1902, so just about a year after the cyclone. Carrie’s father was a judge who married her mother at age 53. She was born June 19, six days after her father passed away at age 60, June 13, 1873. Carrie died in 1905.

Her first husband was Henry Melville Jackson, who had been an Assistant Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Carrie’s aunt was Sarah “Sallie” Toney Oates, who had married William Calvin Oates in 1862; he became 29th Governor of Alabama. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861, became Captain, then Colonel by the time of Gettysburg’s Little Round Top battle — what won it for the Union was a bayonet charge which forced the CSA back, and was credited with saving Major General George Gordon Meade’s Army of the Potomac, winning the Battle of Gettysburg and setting the South on a long, irreversible path to defeat.”

By 1864, he was in command of the 48th Alabama and had to have his right arm amputated after it was hit with a minie ball.

He returned home, went into politics, became a US Representative, then Governor in 1894.  He’s buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, and here’s a pic of his monument I took in 2006:

Governor William Calvin Oates, Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL

The inscription on this monument states:

“…born in poverty, reared in adversity, without educational advantages, yet by honest individual effort he obtained a competency and the confidence of his fellow men, while fairly liberal to relatives and to the worthy poor. A devoted Confederate soldier, he gave his right arm for the Cause. He accepted the result of the war without a murmur; and in 1898-9, he was a Brigadier General of the United States Volunteers in the War with Spain.”

Some people say “I’d give my right arm…” and this monument points out he actually did.

Skipping back to RJL Jr and his family after the cyclone, after Carrie passed away, he married Josephine “Josie” Burden Larguier, who had been nursing him after a stroke. He died in 1910, fewer than six months after they married, and after his death, their daughter Louise was born. 

Nowwww, back to the 2008 visit to the cemetery in Athens:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Terribly Sad Little Baby Monument, Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Terribly Sad Little Baby Monument, Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

Athens City Cemetery, Athens Alabama

That monument in January:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

Other monuments from January 2022:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

More contemporary:

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL

I’ll be doing a series on football-related monuments soon.

Athens City Cemetery, Athens AL


Some other monuments that include how the person died (excluding military), like the one above that mentions the cyclone, include this one I photographed in the Italian-Catholic Cemetery in West Blocton AL, this one at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery mentions someone drowning in the Alabama River after “not taking their advice” and “now I warn all young & old to beware of the dangers of this River; see how I am fixed in this watery Grave: I have got but two friends to mourn” and not mentioned but depicted, this monument for Mary Points in Aberdeen MS

From NOPSI to Chemin a la Mer and NCJW Gala

We’ve been to New Orleans two of the last three or four weekends — both galas, one of them for a board I’m on, celebrating their 125th year in the city. The first of the two weekends, we stayed at NOPSI for the first time

NOPSI Hotel, New Olreans LA

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans LA

Shug and I actually took the train because he had come in from a school trip, and I was thinking it would be better/different than just driving in, and we enjoyed it (though next time I’ll be better about packing snacks)

Amtrak Trip, Birmingham to New Orleans

There were a few delays but it was fine — and if we didn’t have a ride or Uber, there were taxis waiting in a queue to take people wherever. On the way, we saw some fun things, like the white cliffs of Epes (think: white cliffs of Dover geologic phenomena), and this huge mass of water lilies.

Amtrak Trip, Birmingham to New Orleans

Amtrak Train

The boys and I walked and walked and walked the Quarter; we saw the scaffolding at St Louis Cathedral and the sky was too pretty to not act like a tourist and take the usual pics

Jackson Square, New Orleans LA

Jackson Square, New Orleans LA

St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans LA

St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans LA

New Orleans LA

New Orleans LA

New Orleans LA

I made a reservation for the three of us to eat at Donald Link’s new Chemin a la Mer on the fifth floor at the Four Seasons, which is still really new. Alon Shaya’s Miss River is downstairs, off the lobby. Speaking of the lobby, there’s the gorgeous Chandelier Bar:

Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans

Loved this areca palm and the air plants around the base

Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans

Also, I saw this work by Dawn DeDeaux on the way to the elevators. Her Space Between Worlds exhibit at NOMA was beyonnddddd and definitely my favorite last year.

Dawn DeDeaux art at The Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans

The entrance to the spa on the fifth floor:

Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans

Here, Chemin. The tables at the windows are all only for parties of two, so we sat closer to the middle of the restaurant, but it was still beautiful (and honestly, if you’ve stayed at even the Hilton Riverside or the Westin, this is not a more incredible view to get excited about, so don’t feel left out if you’re in a bigger party).

Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

Baked feta with honey, lemon, thyme, and espelette Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

We started with the baked feta which needed a couple more pieces of bread, but was really, really good and everyone wanted more.

Shugie got the hamburger which he — and I know this sounds odd — described as “really wet” and it slid all over the bun even with out mayonnaise, and was just super messy. This is a fork and knife hamburger, even if you’re a teenager.
The Grackle Burger, Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

Shugie enjoyed his pan-roasted Ora king salmon with beluga lentils, and I have to say, I’m not even a lentils fan and they were delicious.

Pan Roasted Ora King Salmon with beluga lentils and fresh herbs, Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

I had the duck confit with white bean pistou and while the duck was terrific, the beans were just as good, which goes to attest how much skill went into them

Duck Confit with white bean pistou, Chemin a la Mer, Four Seasons Hotel, New Orleans LA

Then a couple of weeks later, we were back for the NCJW 125th anniversary gala at the Higgins, which was lots and lots of fun. I’m on their board (thanks to Zoom, meetings are easy) and this was a great way to see some people I’ve only ever met on-screen.

NCJW Gala, New Orleans LA

NCJW Gala, New Orleans LA