2nd Floor




Hallowed Ground:  How We Remember Our Dead

October 5, 2015 - March 5, 2016


Death is part of everyone’s life. For this reason, people have designed countless practices and rituals to deal with death and perhaps even attempt to understand it. Cemetery memorials are one of the most common practices among many U.S. cultures to honor their dead. Monuments and memorials pay respect to the deceased, help the family and friends remember, and give them a place to visit and feel a connection with the person they have lost.

Come explore the history of how society has mourned and memorialized its dead, focusing on Southern traditions and how they compare to practices around the world. This exhibit will highlight four different cemeteries in Gaston County and share the stories of some of the people buried there. Also explore how funerals have changed over the years through our local funeral homes. 


Listen to a special NPR segment on this exhibit


This exhibit is generously sponsored by:






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