EXHIBITS

Cemeteries and Funerals

Gravedigger and Bloomington Cemetery

 

Before the 19th century most burials took

place in association with church yards or family-owned lands.  During the 19th century cities saw the need to regulate more closely the burial of human remains.  Public cemeteries became areas, usually on the periphery of cities, where families could “purchase” space for their loved ones body to “rest.”