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Painting of the Chapel at Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery-Painting of The Chapel

Westminster Canterbury is proud to be hosting a special exhibit of original art of the Old City Cemetery, all by local artists, until January 26, 2017.  This exhibit is placed throughout the Westminster Canterbury complex, ask at the front registration desk and they can direct you to the correct rooms and hallways throughout the two buildings.

The exhibit is comprised of approximately 25 pieces of art.  The art work featured are paintings, pastels, pencil drawings, two dimensional art and a quilt.  When seen together all of the pieces of art tell the story of the Southern Memorial Association and it’s association with Old City Cemetery.  They were created and combined to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Southern Memorial Association in 2016.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Artwork

In 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association was founded to beautify and protect the Confederate graves found in the Old City Cemetery.  Between 1904 and 1915 the LMA purchased and installed over 2,000 individual marble headstones for the Confederate graves.  During the time period of 1918 until 1931 they erected several monuments and structures in the Confederate Section, such as the entrance archway, “Speaker’s Belvedere” and the Veteran’s bench.  In 1981 this association became known as the Southern Memorial Association.  Although originally charged with the mission of protecting and preserving the Confederate section of the cemetery the “new” organization gradually assumed responsibility for the preservation of the entire Cemetery.  Today the Southern Memorial Association is tasked with the management and maintenance of the cemetery.

On January 17, 2017 Ted Delany, Associate Director of the Old City Cemetery, will present an illustrated lecture at Westminster Canterbury.  The lecture will describe the various pieces of art, using the actual art, slides and descriptions from the artists to tell the interesting and unique story of the Cemetery and the Southern Memorial  Association.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm, the front desk will be able to direct you too the appropriate room.