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Women, Culture, and CommunityReligion and Reform in Galveston, 1880–1920$
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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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Women, Culture, and the Church: Memorials, Cemeteries, and Music

Women, Culture, and the Church: Memorials, Cemeteries, and Music

(p.40) 2. Women, Culture, and the Church: Memorials, Cemeteries, and Music
Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how women used to memorialize family and friends through musical instruments, decorative furnishings and stained glass such as what Mollie Ragan Macgill Rosenberg did. She brought stunning pieces of art to the town and made sure that the artists glorified faithful believing women. Mollie's most important contribution was the stained glass windows. It brought glory to God and memorialization of women. Church life was also one aspect of southern culture that found ready acceptance among southern women. The beauty, sanctity and fellowship of church life drew them in. If ever there should be a question of what a church would look like if furnished only by women, Grace Church is a perfect example. As towns grew, church and synagogue cemeteries replaced private family gravesites. Women often left provision in their wills for the founding or upkeep of a synagogue or church cemetery.

Keywords:   memorialization, musical instruments, furnishings, stained glass windows, Mollie Ragan Macqill Rosenberg, Grace Church, church life, cemeteries

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