Charles Dunn graciously took me on a ‘drive around’ one day. It was my first visit to Pineview Cemetery. I thought of Allen Gurganus, who wrote the opening piece in a book called 27 Views of Hillsborough – Old Houses & Young Men. “Something about living in sight of stones that stand for persons expired these two and a half centuries its…….restful” I might add that Gurganus’s contribution is worth the price of the book. I love stone statuary found in gardens and cemeteries. Visit my Pinterest Board on the subject. This sleeping angel is found in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC. She finds the cemetery restful too.
A brief reminder about Pineview: the oldest and largest of the cemeteries owned and operated by the City of Rocky Mount. It is located on the south side of Raleigh Road between Pineview St. and Fairview Rd., in eastern Rocky Mount. Looking across the cemetery there is a line where the angels and larger monuments stop and smaller monuments continue on helping to date the cemetery. Pineview was purchased on May 6, 1889 from what was the Rocky Mount Cemetery Association. Additional land around the cemetery was later purchased by the city to increase the graveyard’s area to 70 acres. There are plots from the 1700s and 1800s. The cemetery is split into sections; a Jewish section, a veterans’ section near Waks Street, and even a paupers’ field near the office on Pineview Street. I found it a blessed moment quietly reading the head stones of families that have made an impact on Rocky Mount. In the mystery of things, I hope they know their good deeds live on.
“Live an exemplary life as a leader. When you are gone, you will still lead from the grave because your influence, impacts and inspirations, will become information for the living.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Ladder
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