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About this collection

A selection of over 350 photographs from the Richard C. Finch Folk Graves Digital Photograph Collection. Dr. Finch has visited hundreds of cemeteries in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas photographing covered graves. These graves have some sort of roof or covering protecting the length of the grave, sometimes with separate tombstones. Finch’s main focus has been on comb graves, so called because architecturally, the slabs of stone make a roof or comb over a grave. These graves often have triangular or trapezoidal rocks on the end which make the tombs look as though they are covered by a “tent” of rock.

 
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