Although North Carolina is home to 175 public cemeteries, thousands of other burial grounds shelter fragments of history. Sometimes celebrated but often forgotten, their beauty and their stories wait to be discovered.
When the Water Comes: Decoration Day
Every year, an old family cemetery tucked in the woods on the northern shore of Fontana Lake becomes a gathering place. One woman, whose parents and grandparents worked this land, returns to ensure that a Southern mountain tradition carries on — rain or shine.
In the Communion of the Saints: The Salem Moravian Graveyard
In God’s Acre, a Moravian graveyard in Winston-Salem, status and race are not factors for burial sites. The church’s postmortem rituals decree that in death, we are all equal.