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December 2007 Newsletter



Grave Site Identification on St. John, Virgin Islands:
The Use of Grave Markers and Commemorative
Space during the Danish Colonial Period

By Helen Blouet

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Figure 1: St. John Map.

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Figure 2: Location of historic cemeteries in relation to plantation and habitation ruins.

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Figure 3: Cinnamon Bay, Hjardemaal cemetery, looking northeast.

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Figure 4: Cinnamon Bay, Hjardemaal cemetery, looking southwest.

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Figure 5a: Hjardemaal graves (above) and US National Park explanatory plaque (below), Cinnamon Bay.

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Figure 5b: US National Park explanatory plaque for Hjardemaal graves, Cinnamon Bay.

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Figure 6a: Danish Cemetery, entry gate (above) and Hjardemaal family plot (below), Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

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Figure 6b: Danish Cemetery, Hjardemaal family plot, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

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Figure 7: Niels Hermann Hjardemaal, d. 1845, Danish Cemetery, St. Thomas.

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Figure 8: Shoreline and hillside, Leinster Bay, St. John.

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Figure 9: James Murphy's grave, early 19th century, Leinster Bay.

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Figure 10a: James Murphy's grave (above) and enclosing wall (below).

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Figure 10b: Enclosing wall to James Murphy's grave.

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Figure 11: J. Murphy's inscription, with the mistaken year of death in 1809 (he actually died in 1808).

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Figure 12: Uninscribed grave near J. Murphy's, Leinster Bay.

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Figure 13: Tamarind trees near grave remains, Lameshur Bay, St. John.

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