The Ladies Neal

Scott Mitchell

Marietta, United States

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Thomas Benton Neal, a Confederate Civil War veteran, had the monument made in memory of his wife and daughter. Lizzie died quite young, only 23, and her mother died only a few years later. This beautifully carved monument contains symbols commonly seen in that time.

Mollie, seated on the left, has a book (possibly the Bible) open on her lap. Some say this reflects her spiritual maturity in contrast with that of her youthful daughter, who has a closed book on her lap. Mollie is looking up, possibly with her eyes on Heaven.

In contrast, Lizzie, on the right, is looking down. She is holding both a wreath and a palm branch. The wreath is thought to represent eternity while the palm branch stands for spiritual victory over death. Behind the pair stands a Celtic cross. Since the Neal family had Irish roots, this makes perfect sense.
(Oakland Cemetery)
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