Sunday, November 11, 2007

Walter Street Cemetery

I don't know when I first saw the headstones of the Walter Street Cemetery, but I know I was pretty young. The idea of a graveyard inside the Arboretum was a little disconcerting. The people of Roslindale claim Peter's Hill as their own, but the cemetery contains souls originally buried in Jamaica Plain. It is known as a Revolutionary War cemetery, but the double headstone above memorializes Benjamin and Grace Child. Do you suppose they are the same family that gave Child street its name? I do. There's something appealing about connecting familiar street name with actual people.

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