Cherub Ornaments of Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

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Andrew Granger (1902-1904)

In cemetery symbolism, cherubs almost always represent departed children. Bonaventure has numerous incarnations of these and I’ve chosen some of its best examples. The variety among different carvers is remarkable to me. Also known as winged babies or winged heads, cherub ornaments were most abundant in the late Victorian era, due especially to high infant mortality rates.

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Dorothy Miles Willcox, d. 1907

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Mary Catherine Roberts (1923-1926)

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Mary J. Schwarz (1901-1902)

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John N. Schwarz (No date discernible)

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Dieter Infant

National Register of Historic Places

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