On the tour I learned about the burial custom of burying people with their feet facing east, because Christ was said to return in the east. They wanted to rise onto their feet facing in the right direction. Christianity influenced early burials, but these customs were later replaced by more secular customs such as Tombstones designed for more esthetically pleasing purposes, rather than only religious significance. The tombstone below reflects the emphasis on beauty rather than the early morbid tombstones showing skulls etc.. This tombstone is part of a cradle grave meaning it extends out in a cradle like form. The cradle extension can be used as a planter, as in this case. The cradle style was often used for young women, such as those who died in childbirth. It was a demonstration of the extreme devotion to someone very beloved.
|Tombstone of Catherine Emmerson wife the first Mayor of Knoxville. It's being repaired as you can see.|
|Grave of Thomas Emmerson first Mayor of Knoxville b. 1772 d. 1837|
The African American cemetery is still active. The white cemetery isn't.
|Looking toward "colored" slope of Cemetery|
|Deed setting aside land for burial of colored persons and other strangers|
|The African Methodist Church can be seen in this pic on the other side of the railroad tracks. |