Her Wedding Gown, And Other Likenesses

Laura Kelly Monument, Kosciusko MS

We were in Kosciusko, Mississippi this summer and went back by to visit the Laura Kelly monument.  It was vandalized sometime in early 2011 — the hand had been broken off.  It was repaired last summer.

Laura Kelly Monument, Kosciusko MS

Laura Kelly passed away in 1890 and her husband commissioned an Italian sculptor to memorialize her likeness, in her wedding dress.  The story also goes that the husband had a third story built on to the home that was under construction when she passed so that he would be able to easily view her monument.

I like to study these types of monuments in particular, with the subject in (obviously) period dress.  Here are some others I’ve found:

Victor Valentine Manfredo Monument, Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham AL

Victor Valentine Manfredo (d. 1912), Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham

Colonel William C. Falkner Monument, Ripley Cemetery Mississippi

Col. William C. Falkner (d. 1889), Ripley MS — he was William Faulkner’s (they spelled their surname differently) great-grandfather

Drewry Monument, Haleyville AL
The Drewrys (d. 1936, 1943), Haleyville AL

Grace, Wife of A.J. Martin, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg MS

Grace A. Martin (d. 1921), Vicksburg

Statue Monument, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta GA

Debra Landis (d. 2006), Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

Kelley Family Monuments at Utica Cemetery, Utica MS
Frost Kelley (d. 1909), Utica MS

B.O. Dawkins Monument, Around Cragford AL

B.O. Dawkins (d. 1918), near Cragford AL

Lt. Col John Pelham (d. 1863), Jacksonville AL

William Joseph Melton Monument, Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Pine Apple AL

William Joseph Melton (d. 1900), Pine Apple AL

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