Homer G. Phillips Grave, St. Peter’s Cemetery

I was recently giving a talk about the importance of African American lawyer and civil rights activist Homer G. Phillips, and it dawned on me that I didn’t know where he was buried. I’ve looked at the hospital that he was so instrumental in getting built before. I turns out he’s buried with his wife,…

Mount Zion Cemetery, Woodford County, Illinois

Somehow, in all the times I’ve visited my family’s farm in Central Illinois, I never noticed to the east that there is a hill that slowly rises up from the prairie, and on those heights there is a cemetery surrounded by trees. Mount Zion Cemetery is so remote that Google Maps doesn’t know it’s there,…

Pitman Cemetery

Recently volunteers have restored a historic cemetery in St. Charles County that holds the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran. The grave of John Pitman is above; as is typical of Protestant settlers, the dead were buried in family cemeteries in early Missouri. Here’s a link to a great article about how the subdivision developer…

Zoar German Methodist Church and Cemetery

Down a little road is the Zoar German Methodist Church, a remnant of a time when there were little houses of worship scattered throughout the countryside. The church seems to be closed, but a non-profit association has sprung up to operate the cemetery. It is a small, simple Romanesque Revival church that is in good…

Bellefontaine Cemetery, The Last Snow

I snapped these photos the last time it snowed in St. Louis back when it was just pretty and not a complete and total nightmare like this most recent snowstorm. I’m experimenting around with a new function which is a gallery; as has always been the case you can click on any photo to see…

All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St. Peters

All Saints Roman Catholic Church in St. Peters traces its origins to 1823 when it was first founded by French settlers. It was known as St. Peter’s at first, which gives its name to the city and area. Only later, as more German immigrants came to the area, was the church renamed and moved to…

Bellefontaine Cemetery in the Autumn of 2021

These photos are totally overexposed, but I still wanted to show some of the fall color from a drive around Bellefontaine Cemetery, revealing these views of the leaves changing on the trees.

Twenty Years Since 9/11, Revisiting Washington, DC, Part Two

We crossed over the Memorial Bridge into the Commonwealth of Virginia, and picked up the Metro to head to Alexandria and meet up with an old professor friend of mine. The Metro used to be the pride and joy of Washington, DC, but I was shocked at how far it had fallen. While it had…

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Ohio

Established in 1841, Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio is one of the oldest institutions in the rural cemetery movement. It’s interesting to compare it to Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, or to its similarly named counterpart in Quincy, Illinois. It is sited on some downright rugged terrain, creating a dramatic setting with deep…

Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

St. Louis was not the only city in America to embrace the rural cemetery movement. Louisville has Cave Hill Cemetery. Two famous men are buried there, and colored lines lead visitors to their graves. A green line leads you to the grave of Muhammad Ali. On the day I was there, beautiful flowers and inspirational…