Descriptions of Comb Graves:
- A stone structure built over an in-ground grave that is triangular in shape. It most often consists of two rectangular sandstone slabs placed together to form a gabled roof over the grave.
- slabs of rock (or other materials) that cover the length of the graves. The stones lean against each other to form inverted v-shapes, like the gables of a roof.
The comb grave below is found in the Sizemore Cemetery of Lamar County, Alabama. This is in the Fall Line Hills of the Alabama Coastal Plain.
Alabama Historical Commission, Guide to Common Alabama GraveMarkers, www.ahc.alabama.gov.
Griffith, G.E., J.M. Omernik, J.A. Comstock, G. Martin, A. Goddard, and V.J. Hulcher. 2001. Ecoregions of Alabama. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Corvallis, OR.
TSLAblog. “Comb Graves of Tennessee.” Library & Archives News: The Tennessee State Library and Archives Blog, January 1, 1970. http://tslablog.blogspot.com/2015/12/comb-graves-of-tennessee.html.
Comb Graves Encountered:
Arkadelphia Baptist Church Cullman County
Sizemore Cemetery Lamar County
Chickasaw Cemetery Walker County