Parallel paths in life and death


The two memorials shown are in Beechwood cemetery. Booth and Rochester were powerful early families in the city. The streets named after them are parallel, one block apart, on the city’s west side.

The Booth tombstone is a list of children who died young. Wealth was no guarantor of life. Nor was wealth a guarantor that one’s tombstone would be maintained: the head is missing from the Rochester statue.