John Stanyarne Grave Marker

John Stanyarne Grave Marker

John Stanyarne Grave Marker (c. 1749), Circular Congregational Churchyard, Charleston, South Carolina 


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1. Discuss the material culture of death and the cult of mourning in the 18th century. 

2. Many English funeral rituals continued in use among the English in the colonies. Discuss the various rituals that are likely to have been part of Stanyarne's funeral. 

3. The portrait on the Stanyarne stone replaced death's head and soul's head imagery from earlier decades. What are the theological implications of all three visual references?

4. Gravestones marked the burials of the elite. Discuss the material culture and funeral rites for poor whites and slaves.

John Stanyarne Grave Marker