Throughout the Old Blackhead Methodist Cemetery there are several different decorative motifs visible on the headstones. This article will highlight some of the most common ones.
|Fig 1: Headstone with motif of two clasping hands and a Calla Lily|
Two of the most typical motifs throughout the Old Blackhead Cemetery are hands and flowers. In figure 1 two hands are clasped, a very common headstone design. In some cases you can see the difference in the two hands cuffs (figure 2) indicating they were husband and wife.
Anther motif typical in the Blackhead cemetery is flowers, in figure 1 a Calla Lily which often symbolizes marriage.
|Fig 2: Headstone motif of two clasping hands with different cuffs|
Hands can also be pointing, either up towards God/Heaven (figure 3), or as the hand of God pointing downward symbolizing mortality (figure 4).
|Fig 3: Grave motif of a hand pointing up|
|Fig 4: Grave motif of a hand pointing down |
Fig 5: Books, specifically the Bible, are also a recurring symbol.