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Cleaning at the American Cemetery — J.H. & Eliza Williams

September 1, 2010

In the first half of August I cleaned one of the gravestones of my great-grandparents, James Henry Williams, Sr. and his second wife, Eliza Cornelia Payne.  As  you can see, he passed away on her birthday.   The inscription on the stone reads:

IN MEMORY OF MY BELOVED HUSBAND
JAMES HENRY WILLIAMS
BORN IN UNION PARISH, LA
MAY 14, 1855
DIED IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA
JAN 19, 1925
HIS WIFE
ELIZA CORNELIA PAYNE
BORN IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA
JAN 19, 1871
DIED IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA
DEC. 30, 1959
“TOGETHER WE REST.”

We can see that the color of the stone gets lighter and lighter as it is cleaned.  The D/2 product is interacting with and removing the biological growth that had accumulated on the stone.

I am not sure if anything will ever surpass the satisfaction I got from seeing the change in the Mary Grace Williams gravestone, but I am very pleased with how this one turned out.

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