Segregation, even at death

Segregation, even at death
If you never caught the first post in the series of photos taken at Stellenbosch cemetery – click here to see what the photos are all about.

I meant to comment in a previous post on how a graveyard is a universal leveler. Even though this is mostly true - to some extent anyway - in the case of this cluster of graves it's clear that the family was segregated from the rest of the cemetery's residents. Not only this, but it even looks as though the people in the two graves in front were placed there to guard over those behind the fence. Spooky.

I should actually have read the inscriptions on the headstones - I have a feeling there's a particularly sad story about this cluster.

2 thoughts on “Segregation, even at death

  1. polkadotcupcake

    This might not be a very sad story – sometimes families will buy a plot in a graveyard and fence it off, to ensure that the whole plot belongs to them. Then, when a family member dies, they are all buried side by side in the same plot, together in death as they were in life.
    In fact, my husband’s family has a plot at this cemetery in Stellenbosch, and although their plot is further up the hill, I think it’s also fenced off.

  2. Paul

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    You’re right polkadotcupcake. What made me think it was is that it looks like the two graves on the left were laid together (they have a little border) and the one on the right is slightly separate. Almost like a mother, father and child. The size of the headstones seem to suggest that the dad was on the far left, mom in the middle, and child to the right.

    I may be wrong, of course. And yeah, you have a point.

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