Black Belt Cemeteries

The last time we went through the Black Belt, we visited several of the historic cemeteries. This one is Mesopotamia Cemetery in Eutaw (it’s written about in one of the Images of America books). This is the Webb monument – there are three well-known Webb family homes in Eutaw, one of them being Oakmont, now a B&B that’s for sale.

This monument has a dove and open gates motif:

These pics are from the Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis, and this is the gate to the Enners family section:

The Henry A. Enners monument. He was born August 19, 1834 at Osnabreuck, Germany, and was Jewish, but for whatever reason he wasn’t buried in the Jewish cemetery there in D’polis:

This is the Glover Family Mausoleum, and it’s even on the National Register of Historic Places. The Library of Congress has historical photos and even the plans for it, including drawings of the ornate ironwork.

These are from the old Dayton Cemetery in Dayton, Alabama. This is a pure zinc monument (also called ‘white bronze’) for Frances S. Jones (1823-1885), and the interesting thing about these zinc monuments is that since they never rust and they were cast metal, all the names, dates, and other information is super-clear to read:

More from Dayton:

“Death loves a shining mark, it is truly said, and seeks the brightest victims for his dead. The gifted mind, the youthful form with all the grace of nature, seem the first to fall. T’was thus with Evelyn, pure without alloy; gentle, and kind; she was her parents’ joy. Daily devoted to her Savior’s cause, secured in her, obedience to His laws. Let those who loved her sorrow not in vain for G-d will surely raise her up again. By His decree the fatal shaft was hurl’d to take her spirit to a brighter world”:

This one for Catlin reads “Hope” at the top:

Reeves monument:

for three children of Dr. Syd and Eliza Jane Smith:

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