Henry County Grave Shelters

Siftings, from Page 4-A

It is said this shed was erected by Mr. Bo Harris to shade his first wife and son, Bob, from the harsh elements of weather, including the hot cotton field sun.

Today, the grave shed custom has all but disappeared from Henry County cemeteries.  As these sheleters aged, weakened and collapsed, families seldom rebuilt them.  Only old photos, senior citizens’ memories and rare examples are all that remain of these once adorable and common features of Henry county’s burial culture.

Henry County – “So much history – so much future.”

More anon!

(T.Larry Smith is Henry County’s official historian and can be reached at 9127 County Road 99, Headland, AL 36345.)