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Elmwood Arcadia Book

Elmwood Cemetery (Images of America)

Gathering 150 years of images held by the Memphis Public Library, the University of Memphis, the Library of Congress, Elmwood's own archives, and private collections, Kimberly McCollum and Willy Bearden have told the stories of the people who rest at Elmwood. 

A great gift for anyone interested in Memphis history! 

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Elmwood

Elmwood: In the Shadow of the Elms by Perre Magness; Photography by Murray Riss; Introduction by Shelby Foote

This book offers biographical sketches of more than 1,200 individuals plus a history of the cemetery, the city of Memphis, and the Rural Cemetery Movement as evidenced in Elmwood. There are more than 50 pages of color and black and white photography, including never-before seen photos from the private collections of many Memphis families.
Copyright: 2001 (text), 2004 Second Edition; Hardcover: 328 pages

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From Here To Eternity

From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America.

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Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life.

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Stories In Stone

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography

Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries.

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Elmwood: Reflections of Memphis DVD

Learn about Elmwood's residents and Memphis history with this DVD from William Bearden. Includes interviews with cemetery staff, board members and local historians. Copyright 2002

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Ghosts True Encounters

Ghosts: True Encounters from the World Beyond

Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond is a gigantic volume, documenting almost 200 cases of haunted houses, ships, castles, and just about any place imaginable! The cases are far more complex than just your average white-sheeted ghoul in the attic. 

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Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation - it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiance Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. 

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FamilyTreeCemeteryFieldGuide

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide

Not all research can be done from home--sometimes you have to head into the field. Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist's search, and this book will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors' graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strategies for on-the-ground research. And once you've returned home, learn how to incorporate gravestone information into your research.

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Confederates

Confederates of Elmwood by John W. Cothern

This is a compliation of information about the Confedrate soliders buried at historic Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, TN. The information comes from cemetery records and service records and is intended to be a memorial and lasting record to the more than 1000 Confederate soldiers and veterans, inlcuding 20 generals, buried at Elmwood and to be a resource for anyone researching their Confederate ancestor. Paperback; 233 pages

Copyright 2001

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Hoodoo

A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo

Widely known for its musical influence, Beale Street was also once a hub for Hoodoo culture. Many blues icons, such as Big Memphis Ma Rainey and Sonny Boy Williamson, dabbled in the mysterious tradition. Its popularity in some African American communities throughout the past two centuries fueled racial tension--practitioners faced social stigma and blame for anything from natural disasters to violent crimes. However, necessity sometimes outweighed prejudice, and even those with the highest social status turned to Hoodoo for prosperity, love or retribution. Author Tony Kail traces this colorful Memphis heritage, from the arrival of Africans in Shelby County to the growth of conjure culture in juke joints and Spiritual Churches.

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The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby

This book tells the story of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, TN, one that would cost more lives than the Chicago Fire, San Francisco Earthquake and the Johnstown Flood combined. More than 8500 Memphians perished during the epidemic and nearly 2500 of these victims rest at Elmwood. After documenting the devastation brought on by the disease, the story travels to Cuba to follow the course of Dr. Walter Reed and his team of scientists to find a cure for the disease.

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Fever Season

Fever Season chronicles the drama in Memphis from the outbreak of Yellow Fever in August 1878 until the disease ran its course in late October. The story that Jeanette Keither uncovered is a profound account of how a catastrope inspired reactions both heroic and cowardly.

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On This Day In History

On This Day in Memphis History

Far more than blues and barbecue, Memphis culture has evolved one day at a time. Author G. Wayne Dowdy pins an exact date to a host of important, quirky and forgotten events in the history of Tennessee's largest city--an entertaining footnote for each day of the year. Earth, Wind and Fire founder Maurice White entered the world in a Memphis hospital on December 19, 1941. On January 15, 1877, a severe thunderstorm mysteriously left the city covered in snakes. On December 31, 1902, a resident was murdered on Main Street after taunting a Native American named Creeping Bear. A day or a month at a time, enjoy a year of entertaining River City blasts from the past.

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Graveyard Girl

Graveyard Girl by Anna Myers

It is 1878 and a yellow fever epidemic has turned the boisterous city of Memphis solemn and fearful. The fever has taken Eli’s mother and sister and driven his grieving father away. All alone, he vows to harden his heart against further loss. Yet, Elis is soon drawn to Grace, an angelic, otherworldly child known as the “Graveyard Girl.” Grace tolls the bell for each new dead soul in Elmwood Cemetery.

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Beingdead

Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral

Folks in the Delta have a strong sense of community, and being dead is no impediment to belonging to it. Down South, they don't forget you when you've up and died--in fact, they visit you more often. But there are quintessential rules and rituals for kicking the bucket tastefully. Having a flawless funeral is one of them.

Each chapter includes a delicious, tried-and-true Southern recipe, critical if you plan to die tastefully any time soon. Pickled Shrimp, Aunt Hebe's Coconut Cake, and the ubiquitous Bing Cherry Salad with Coca-Cola are among the many dishes guaranteed to make the next funeral the most satisfying one yet.

 

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