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Upon a recent visit to Jerome Arizona while visiting my mother and brother in the Verde Valley during the later part of November through mid December 2012, I was able to visit the infamous and obviously forgotten and hard to find Jerome Cemetery.
It was a very overgrown and un- cared for resting place for many of Jerome's imigrant workers and families up until the mid 1920's.
Many typical for the era piles of rocks were the only evidence of a burial with no headstone or information whatsoever of the departed soul.
My mother and brother showed me this headstone just outside the entrance of the cemetery that seemed a bit foreign and perhaps just a bit out of place.
Several years ago when my mother and brother came to this area from Wellington Kansas they brought with them some old discarded stones collected from the rubbish piles of removed/damaged markers.
Upon visiting this cemetery my mother thought it fitting to place this stone at the head of this particular pile of rocks marking some unknown individual passed from this earth many many years ago.
Hands that appear to be shaking are usually a symbol of matrimony.
If one looks closely at the sleeves one sleeve should appear femenine and the other masculine.
If the sleeves appear gender neutral, the hands can represent a heavenly welcome or an earthly farewell.
These hands appear to be gender neutral encased in perhaps some olive branches symbolizing peacefullnes, fruitfulness, purification and strength.
I tried to photograph every visible grave taking well over 500 images counting some 54 graves, some of which were barely visible hidden by time and the onset of some very tough and hearty weeds and cacti.
19 November 2012
Also by Steven Schutz
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