February 23, 2008 Meeting – Tombstone Symbols and their Meanings

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 23rd at 2 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Marcell Burchfield

Program Topic: Tombstone Symbols and Their Meanings

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

How many of us have ever noticed the image of a weeping willow or an olive wreath on a tombstone but never understood its symbolism? Attend the February meeting and your questions will be answered.

Dr. Marcell Burchfield will explain the various motifs and symbols found on tombstones with an enlightening slide presentation. Cemeteries in the South retain a profusion of forms and symbols and Dr. Burchfield will clarify the distinctive meaning for each. Please join us for this interesting program!

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