In today’s podcast we talk with folklorist Daniel Patterson who is a professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. Dr. Patterson has recently written a monumental work on early gravestones in the Carolinas. In the True Image, he traces the vernacular stone carving traditions in this region and use these stones to tell a compelling story about life, work and culture in this region. Combining his study of the material and textual elements found on these markers with historical contexts and related documents, Patterson has revealed a complex story of early life in the Carolina’s at a time of great religious and social change.