Now this is a properly cleaned headstone.

Hannah and Lyford

Whoever cleaned this headstone knew what he/she was doing. Simply gorgeous.

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June 29, 2015 · 05:30

Sharing Saturday: Alabama’s most unusual graves

Today’s Sharing Saturday post comes from, and focuses on the stories and the photos of some of the odder ducks out there in Alabama cemeteries. Enjoy!

Bizarre histories from 11 of Alabama’s most unusual graves

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The madam of Birmingham

The madam of Birmingham

In 1873, Louise Wooster was a well paid lady of the evening (don’t you just love this term?) when a deadly cholera epidemic swept through Birmingham, Alabama. Several thousand people fled the city, but Lou stayed to nurse the sick, feed the hungry, and prepare the dead for funerals.

After the epidemic, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama to open a brothel, but by 1880, Lou had returned to Birmingham operating multiple brothels near City Hall where she could attract the wealthiest patrons. She made a fortune, donated heavily to charities and frequently came to the aid of fallen women.


Lou was also known as “the women of many lovers”, the last sweetheart of John Wilkes Booth, the actor, who killed Abraham Lincoln. She chronicled her exploits in a book called Autobiography of a Magdalene.

Want to know more? Check out this article: Early Birmingham madam who saved sick will have scrapbook in history center.




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Promoting the historic cemetery

Pioneer cemetery

Raising awareness of your local historic cemetery (and greasing the wheels for obtaining restoration donations) can be as simple as writing an engaging article about it for the local paper.

Since everyone loves a good human interest story and since many local newspapers are always looking for unique article ideas, why not steal borrow a leaf from Newcastle, WA’s book and write something fun?

If there are a lot of stories, make it a series and be sure to include photos of some of the more unique carvings.

Here’s the link to Coal Miner’s Cemetery–Part I.

Many thanks to JoAnne M for alerting me to this!


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The irony of funeral home names

Matchbook cover 4

Van Wormer needs a little thought (worms), but the Byrn Funeral Home definitely made me look twice.

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Sharing Saturday: 23 creepy headstone photos

OK, I thought I’d seen some weird stuff out there, but these take the cake. Especially #15.



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