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Grave Images: A musical trip around Philadelphia’s historic cemeteries

Grave Images: A musical trip around Philadelphia’s historic cemeteries

Cemeteries are inherently interesting places. That’s true even when nobody of note is buried there. It’s the history, the architecture, the culture and religion, and the overall atmosphere. While some people might think that graveyards are spooky or scary, they are actually quite beautiful in many ways. You can see that in the design of the headstones, in the inscriptions, in the keepsakes left by visiting family and friends. There is also a beauty to the basic idea of honoring the dead.

Philadelphia is absolutely chock full of cemeteries. Not surprising for a city that’s been around for a few hundred years on land that’s been inhabited by the Lenape and other Native Americans for literally thousands of years. According to Find A Grave, a website that is absolutely crucial for this kind of information, there are 208 graveyards in the city and many, many more right outside its limits.

Every cemetery is fascinating and every cemetery has fascinating people buried in it — including many legends of music, from blues to jazz to folk and opera. Go out and explore.

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