The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980 Page: 258
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
cultural sense the people of the South have much in common with each
other. For three centuries the three groups exchanged ideas and genes,
creolizing the culture to a remarkable degree. Nowhere is that blending
more apparent than in the places we have set aside for our dead.
Few unaltered southern folk cemeteries survive in Texas. Most grave-
yards, in some measure, now reveal departures from the ancient tradi-
tions described above. Rural depopulation, "perpetual care," and mod-
ern commercial cemeteries (the necrological equivalent of fast-food
joints) will likely obliterate most distinctive elements of these burial
grounds by the end of the century. Viewing this situation, an Old Testa-
ment prophet would be tempted to ascend the nearest high place and
declare, "woe unto a people who so thoughtlessly discard the customs
and practices of countless generations of ancestors." Some of the remain-
ing Texas folk cemeteries ought to be preserved intact, because they
contain a remarkable record of our cultural history. They are not merely
repositories for our dead, but museums full of reminders from our an-
cient past and distant, diverse ancestral homelands.
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