Saint Patrick’s Cemetery on Robeson Street in the North end of Fall River has many amazing and beautiful figural statues of madonnas and saints. After a snowstorm and frigid arctic blast in February, this photograph of a pieta was taken. A frozen tear clung to the madonna’s cold stone cheek as a crystal glaze of ice covered the face of Christ, and his crucified hands reaching out of the stone.
When Friends of Oak Grove was launched back in January 2008, http://oakgrovecemetery.wordpress.com it was to bring attention to the plight of many urban cemeteries in New England, and Oak Grove in Fall River in particular. Since that time, the Friends of Oak Grove has taken off with tree-replanting and garden programs and eager volunteers willing to devote time and energy in the pursuit of refurbishing and restoring this historic Fall River cemetery.
While working on this particular aim, other beautiful and historic cemeteries in the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut area were visited and they deserve their own separate and special place – and so Yankee Stones has come into being. I hope you will enjoy the information and photographs here as much as I enjoy presenting them.