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The Turning Angel
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The Turning Angel

Natchez, Mississippi

The inscription on the base of this statue reads:
Erected by the Natchez Drug Company to the memory of the unfortunate employees who lost their lives in the great disaster that destroyed its building on March 14, 1908.
Carrie O. Murray
Inez Netterville
Luella D. Booth
Mary E. Worthy
Ada White

These girls were all between the ages of 14 and 20. From talking to friends and relatives, I believe a fire was the disaster that destroyed the Natchez Drug Company.

This statue has been called "The Turning Angel" for as long as anyone can remember and the name has always inspired both terror and glee in the youngsters of this area.

The back of this angel is to the road that runs along the outside of the cemetery. When I was a young girl (actually, even when my mom was a young girl), it was somewhat of a "rite of passage" to drive past the cemetery at night and see the angel turn to watch you go by. Of course, the statue doesn't actually turn but an optical illusion caused by a car's headlights makes it seem so.

If you were to stand on the side of the road as a car of young girls drove by, you would certainly hear squeals of horror followed by howls of laughter.

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Andrew Deer08-Sep-2006 06:23
Lovely peaceful shot. Nice treatment.
Guest 10-Mar-2004 17:13
Stunning! Love as you work with colors. Results are absolutely superb. Beautiful shot.
Jill10-Mar-2004 16:52
Excellent commentary as well as well captured beautiful image.
John Buffin10-Mar-2004 06:11
Touching story and a great image.
Love the grain and the choice of b&w.
Anona Boyte10-Mar-2004 06:00

What great childhood memories this brings back to me. I too grew up with the story of the turning Angel. All your cemetary shots are fantastic. Have you seen the China mans tomb stone with the playing cards on it?
Guest 10-Mar-2004 02:55
The toning and composition is great as usual. I love the raindrops in this one, it really adds a nice mood.
ann isshinryu_mom10-Mar-2004 02:24
Spooooky! The image is wonderful, as is the accompanying story. Ever read any of the Kathryn Tucker Williams ghost story collections (Jeffery and 13 Alabama Ghosts, 13 Mississippi Ghosts, etc.)? Each a collection of local ghost tales. They were published (I think) in the '70s and quite the rage back home in Alabama. For some reason your cemetary series brings this to mind. Thanks for the memory.
Guest 10-Mar-2004 02:15
So gorgeous!! I'm so glad you're doing more of these!! I love the treatment you're doing with them.. the toning and softness fit the atmosphere so well. Beautiful!