Sherrie Stokes


Cemeteries sometimes evoke a sense of dread among the living, but these last resting places of the dead often offer important clues to the social and economic backgrounds of those interred in them. Rural southern cemeteries generally are remote and only rarely are sought out by those who study gravestones and burial grounds. Nonetheless, many still are used for burials, and most possess material clues that illustrate gradual and abrupt changes in the traditional and folk funerary customs of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.