Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents

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9781423603146: Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents

When author/photographer Douglas Keister's book Stories in Stone came out in 2004, Sunset magazine stated, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding." Since then, cemetery fans have been clamoring for more. Keister has answered them with Forever Dixie, an exploration of thirteen of the South's best cemeteries and forty notable southerners who have chosen to call the South their permanent home. Forever Dixie gives cemetery explorers GPS directions to the graves of famous southerners such as Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Colonel Sanders, Casey Jones, Johnny Mercer, and dozens more. Also featured are interesting and unique graves of ordinary citizens like Thelma Holford of Jonesboro, Arkansas, who commissioned an Italian marble statue of herself and her beloved dog, Bunnie. Forever Dixie is a great gift for all those who call America's southern states home and for those who may have moved but whose hearts, souls, and roots still live in the South.

Photographer/writer Douglas Keister has authored thirty-six critically acclaimed books, including the highly praised book on cemetery exploration, Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, and Going Out in Style, a book about cemetery art and architecture. His twenty-five books on residential architecture include Inside the Bungalow, Storybook Style, Red Tile Style, Classic Cottages, and Cottages. Keister also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide. He lives in Chico, California.

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Come along on a sentimental journey through twelve of the Deep South's loveliest cemeteries (plus a coon dog graveyard). Photos and features on famous Southerners as well as everyday citizens include the following:

o Martin Luther King Jr.

o Tammy Wynette

o Colonel Sanders

o Casey Jones

o Johnny and June Carter Cash

o U.S. presidents

o Confederate generals and soldiers

o Authors, film stars, and sports figures

In fascinating stories and images, Keister tells about cemetery symbols, funerary architecture, and secret societies and clubs. He also provides GSP coordinates to pinpoint each cemetery and most gravesites featured in the book:

o Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

o Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

o Charleston Churchyards, Charleston, South Carolina

o Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee

o Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

o Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, Tuscumbia, Alabama

o Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina

o Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

o Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas

o Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

o Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

o Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama

o Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, North Carolina

Forever Dixie is perfect for those whose hearts, souls, and roots forever reside in Dixie.

About the Author:

Chico, California-based photographer Douglas Keister has photographed twenty-two award-winning, critically acclaimed books. His seventeen books on architecture include four books on Victorian homes (Daughter's of Painted Ladies, Painted Ladies Revisited, America's Painted Ladies and Victorian Glory); three books on bungalow homes (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow and Outside the Bungalow), a book on 1920s whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style), six books on bungalow details and Classic Cottages, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. Keister photographed and wrote an award winning children's book (Fernando's Gift), has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), a book on classic travel trailers, (Ready to Roll) and a book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in Stone: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Cemetery Symbolism, that will be published by Gibbs Smith Publisher in the Spring of 2004. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture."

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