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Craft of Gravestone Carving
Date: Sunday Apr 7, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Place: Steele Creek Presbyterian Church & Cemetery

7407 Old Steele Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

Phone: 704-365-2402

Contact: Jim Williams

Dr. Daniel W. Patterson, author of The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry (2012), will speak on the craft of gravestone carvings as practiced by the extended Bigham family and lead a walk through the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church graveyard to view the Bigham stones there. The True Image provides a comprehensive history of the stone carvers and their work, illustrated with photographs of over 200 stones. Many can be seen today in various Mecklenburg Co. cemeteries. In describing these early settlers and their craft, he tells a story of life in early Mecklenburg that goes beyond the names and dates to paint a picture in great detail of how life was lived. Dr. Patterson is Kenan Professor Emeritus of English and Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill. Copies of The True Image will be sold for $40; cash/check only. Retail price is $49.95.


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