I took my Indiana Folklore class to the Rose Hill cemetery in Bloomington last week. They learned about the motifs, types of materials and the significance of some of the types of stone we researched in the cemetery. The next class meeting we used Ancestry Library Edition to research the carvers and the people buried to see if our thoughts were the same. I selected this stone for James and Ida Banks. When I researched it, I discovered that James was a “Quarryman” from Bloomington, working in the limestone quarries. The stone probably depicts a heavenly mansion.
Rose Hill has a nice brochure for a self guided tour. I want to thank Barbara Dunbar from the Parks Department and Lou Malcomb from the IU Library for helping with our cemetery research.