"Old Live Oak Cemetery" Selma, Alabama
11 x 14, oil on linen
I painted at this site a couple of years ago at the 2010 Selma Pilgrimage and met Mr. John Coon while I was there. This location in the Old Live Oak Cemetery is known as "Confederate Circle" and includes monuments, a Confederate flag and a cannon. Mr. Coon seemed thrilled that I was painting the Confederate Soldier, but was interested in me painting the cannon that sits close by as well. On my last trip, an artist friend and I stopped by the cemetery and I took some pictures of the cannon with the soldier and flag in the background.
From what I've read, I think the cannon faces north to forever protect the Confederate soldiers graves to the south.
I thoroughly enjoyed painting this painting. I sent a picture of the painting to Mr. Coon and he sent me a photo in return, showing a picture of him from 1947 sitting in one of the flower pots that I included in the painting.
Click here for more information about the Old Live Oak Cemetery, from Janet Gresham of Selma.
I regularly look at Janet's blog... it's wonderful information about Selma.