Isaac Nettles Gravestones

E side Mt Nebo Rd., 0.5 mi. S of Cty Rd. 19, Carlton, Alabama

Three unusual headstones in the Mount Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery near Carlton in rural Clarke County, Alabama.

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Description 

The Isaac Nettles Gravestones are three unusual headstones in the Mount Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery near Carlton in rural Clarke County, Alabama. Surveyed for the National Register of Historic Places' Clarke County Multiple Property Submission, they were added to the Register on February 24, 2000.

Mount Nebo Baptist Church, a traditionally African American Baptist church, was established in the 19th century. The three Nettles markers are made of concrete and feature death masks, presumed by scholars to be of the people whose graves they mark. They are attributed to Isaac "Ike" Nettles, a local man who created them between 1933 and 1946. When surveyed in 2000 the markers had not weathered well, with only the most ornate one, with three individual masks on one marker, in good condition.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 2000
Reference number
00000141
NR name
Nettles, Isaac, Gravestones
Areas of significance
Art; Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Object
Historic function
Graves/burials
Current function
Graves/burials
Period of significance
1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing objects: 4
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2013: New photo from JamesMac
  • May 24, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added Description

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