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“A Place of Rare Beauty”: A Sketch of Fairview Cemetery’s History

September 14-December 14, 2019
Sally Newkirk Gallery

In the nineteenth century, cemeteries were more than just burial grounds; they were created as picturesque memorial parks honoring the deceased. This exhibition features a brief history of New Albany’s Fairview Cemetery, including memorabilia from its early history and paintings by George W. Morrison (1820-1893) of notable New Albany residents buried in Fairview. Also featured is Fairview’s companion West Haven Cemetery, the historical burial grounds for African Americans. A reception for the exhibition, featuring characters from Stories Behind the Stones, will be held at the Carnegie on September 17, from 1:00-2:00 PM following a Lunch and Learn program about Fairview with Jim Munford, President of Friends of Fairview Cemetery

This exhibition celebrates “Stories Behind the Stones”, an annual walking tour of Fairview Cemetery organized by the Friends of Fairview Cemetery and the Stories Behind the Stones Society. Held on September 20 and 21, members of the society dress in period costume and represent noteworthy historical figures buried in the cemetery. To purchase tickets to Stories Behind the Stones or for more information, contact 812-704-3248.

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