As we close out the month with a Sacred Sunday photo, we thought we'd share a photo of one of Greensboro's most famous cemeteries, The Old Presbyterian Graveyard. It is located behind the Greensboro Historical Museum. Formerly, the museum's building was the original Presbyterian Church with the cemetery beside it. The graveyard and church were established in 1831 when Jesse H. Lindsay donated the money for the land. This confined space contains about 300 graves dating between 1834-1926. North Carolina Governor Moorehead is buried here as are soldiers from the 1) Revolutionary War; 2) Civil War; and 3) the War of 1812. Short story writer O. Henry has relatives buried here.
Many people consider cemeteries to be "creepy" places as they remind us of DEATH. However many religions and cultures incorporate cemeteries into their holidays and rituals. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead (Nov 1 &2) is a time when you visit the graves of loved ones, remembering fondly their time on earth. In the mountains of North Carolina, Decoration Day, is especially popular. This is usually held in October when families tend to the graves of loved ones, making sure that nature doesn't reclaim the land. Alan and Karen Singer Jabbour have written a fabulous book on Decoration Day (here).
Today, we urge you to pause and remember your deceased loved ones-- even if you can't, literally, be at the gravesite.
On Greensboro Daily Photo, we featured the cemetery in March 2009 (here).