In keeping with a couple of posts I've put up -- one about a business partner who put up a stone monument in Richmond's Shockoe Hill Cemetery and another in Alabama's Greensboro Cemetery -- I want to post some more on other cemetery monuments I've seen.
A year back when I was up visiting Murfreesboro, North Carolina (mostly to see the place where an enslaved person was executed in the wake of the Nat Turner rebellion) I stopped by a cemetery nearby. And I saw an inscription that I found well, rather unusual. "Together in life, together forever in death." Not so unusual, to be sure, until you see that this is about two women: Susan J. Myrick (1826-1917) and Margaret J. Leggitts (1831 -). Susan died first and was buried there and there was room left on the tombstone for Margaret. Turns out she was buried elsewhere. And to make things even somewhat more mysterious, Susan Myrick had been married and she had several children . So perhaps they were very good friends -- or perhaps the tombstone hints at some other kind of relationship. This is a mystery that awaits further investigation.... (More details on the Myricks of Murfreesboro are here. I"m guessing they're related to one of the judges in the Nat Turner trials.)
Maybe this is another site for talking about LGBT history? Bridget Crawford has the story on the National Park Service's efforts to increase interpretation of LGBT sites.