If it is true, as Hawthorne tells us, that “A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon,” then perhaps a gravestone teaches history. That it records facts of history we know, but in the growth of towns and cities, as skyscrapers and subdivisions supplant old homes and scattered farms, some records of facts are being lost. With the thought of preserving family history the attempt was made in the summer of 1940 to compile the records on early gravemarkers in Duval County. An unexpected bonus was the information gained of Duval County families and how they had helped to make Florida history.
Edwards, Lucy Ames
"Stories in Stone,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 35
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol35/iss2/4