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Sylacauga Marble

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sylacauga, Alabama is an interesting place for cemetery monuments, because sculptors were brought to the area for the large marble industry here.  There are two main cemeteries here, one more historic than the other, and they each have nice designs:

Sylacauga Cemetery

This is "Little Samuel," sculpted by David Herd, who came here from Scotland with his brothers around 1840 or so.
Sylacauga Cemetery

Sylacauga Cemetery

This particular monument was done by Cesare Pillade Falconi, who was born in Italy in 1856 and then moved here in 1910.
Sylacauga Cemetery

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One of the Herd brothers was also contracted to build this jail of large blocks of native granite in nearby Rockford, which was finished in 1842:
1842 Old Rock Jail (now museum), Rockford Alabama

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