|Daughter Olivia at Laurel Hill Cemetery|
|Ed's photograph in "175 Years of Reflections"|
|Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia|
"Mount Moriah holds different emotions for different people. I have family here. As a child in the 70s, I actually played and rode my bicycle with my friends in this place. The people buried here need people to speak for them and try to undo the damage that has been done to them. Help us to do that with your lens. And if you are adventurous, come to a clean-up. They are inspiring and lets those buried here that someone still gives a damn."
|Tombstone under Betsy Ross Bridge|
"While their graves may never be found, their information would be of great interest to family, historians, and genealogists."
"I came across your site while trying to locate this cemetery so I could visit my ancestors' tombstones, as many of them were buried at Monument. I feel a bit sick realizing they're now in a mass grave and their tombstones have been dumped like this."
"I join many of those who are horrified that this could have happened in Philadelphia during the 1950's. It seems so disrespectful and almost sinister in that advertisements were not required to be made in the newspapers if relatives could not be reached.....I think my family, especially my grandmother would have rallied the family (a large one) to relocate the graves of her mother, aunt and grandparents. I gave a presentation of our family history at our reunion a year ago and my generation was horrified at what we discovered about the cemetery."
"I understand that moving a cemetery for parking seems crass, but the world belongs to the living and the not-yet-living - and Temple [University] has been and remains the most-affordable, best-hope for higher Education in Philadelphia. Isn't that worth more than a decaying cemetery?"
- Publish a book of selections of essays from The Cemetery Traveler blog. I expect this to be available in about six months, with eBook versions on Nook and Kindle. I have to thank the observant reader who commented on this photo a while back, “This photo screams ‘Book Cover’!”
- Pay closer attention to comments made and emails sent by my readers, as your feedback adds another dimension to my writing. That said, I’ve not been prompt with my replies. I’ll do better – or at least the best I can with two-and-a-half year-old vying for my attention!
- More travel! I plan to have a vendor table at the AGS (Association for Gravestone Studies) Conference in West Long Branch, New Jersey on June 22, 2012. Hope to become a member and interact with the conference attendees. I’m also planning to visit some of the historic cemeteries in Charlotte, North Carolina next month.