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Philip N. J. Wythe's Headstone

Philip N. J. Wythe's Headstone Essay .................... by Ryan K. Smith The headstone of Philip N. J. Wythe in Barton Heights Cemeteries, Richmond, Virginia. All photographs, July 2017, by Kate Thompson Feucht.   he headstone marking the grave of Philip N. J. Wythe now lies flat on its back, face to the sun, partially hidden among the tall grasses at the Barton Heights Cemeteries in Richmond, Virginia. The marker’s form is deceptively simple. Made of coarse-­ grained sandstone, it features no pictorial symbols, no death’s head or cherub or weeping willow. Rather, its primary decoration comes in the form of its inscription. Blocky, even letters fill the entire face of the stone: THIS Stone is Placed Here by Benjmn Wythe In Memory of his Brother Philip N. J. Wythe who was Born in Richmd Va Sept 3d 1803 & departed this life Decm 24th 1827 Above the lengthy inscription, baroque lines divide the top of the stone into three sections—two smaller shoulder caps leading up to a central, rounded tympanum. Taken in its entirety, the marker is an embodiment, as its namesake was an embodiment, of the interconnectedness of southern history. Overlooked today, it challenges us to engage with the southern past in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Philip N. J. Wythe's Headstone

Southern Cultures , Volume 23 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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Essay .................... by Ryan K. Smith The headstone of Philip N. J. Wythe in Barton Heights Cemeteries, Richmond, Virginia. All photographs, July 2017, by Kate Thompson Feucht.   he headstone marking the grave of Philip N. J. Wythe now lies flat on its back, face to the sun, partially hidden among the tall grasses at the Barton Heights Cemeteries in Richmond, Virginia. The marker’s form is deceptively simple. Made of coarse-­ grained sandstone, it features no pictorial symbols, no death’s head or cherub or weeping willow. Rather, its primary decoration comes in the form of its inscription. Blocky, even letters fill the entire face of the stone: THIS Stone is Placed Here by Benjmn Wythe In Memory of his Brother Philip N. J. Wythe who was Born in Richmd Va Sept 3d 1803 & departed this life Decm 24th 1827 Above the lengthy inscription, baroque lines divide the top of the stone into three sections—two smaller shoulder caps leading up to a central, rounded tympanum. Taken in its entirety, the marker is an embodiment, as its namesake was an embodiment, of the interconnectedness of southern history. Overlooked today, it challenges us to engage with the southern past in

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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