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Motifs expressed in Hollywood Cemetery that typify Victorian era funerary art include obelisks, draped urns, lambs, Gothic elements, and flower boxes.


These motifs popular in the Victorian era persisted through the early twentieth century, particularly in the South. Three small statues also exhibit well-executed carving as well as the Victorian era attitude toward treasuring children. Little Millie Lou Booker died in 1891 and the statue at her grave site is shown below [Section B, Lot 56].


 Booker Milly Lou

                                                          Photo by Cristie Wright


Freida Jennings died in 1928 and the statue at her grave site is shown below [Section C, Lot 84]. Arthur Parker Bowlin died in 1908 and the statue at his grave site is another example [Section B, Lot 19].


Jennings Freidaa 2

                                                   Photo by Cristie Wright


Another Victorian era grave marker style, the boxed flower planter, frequently occurs at Hollywood. The twin grave markers for G. C. and Jennie W. Rhodes are well-executed marble examples and are shown below [Section F, Lot 8]. He died in 1904 and she died in 1901. At the foot, between the twin flower boxes, a concrete Grecian urn flower pot rests on a six-inch square base. Flower boxes provided a container for ornamental plantings, a feature that appealed to Victorian era families who typically admired nature.


Rhodes CC and Jennie

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