Photographer Jean Lewis is displaying some of her unique work at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln right now.
The black and white photographs depict stylized architectural elements in gravestones, cemetery gates and storefront shops. Lewis took the photos during her 20-year career in Nebraska.
Specifically, she focuses on the Nebraskan Czech population and their connection with cemeteries. It turns out they had their own, but not necessarily because they wanted to be segregated from everyone else.
Why is that?
“About 50 percent of Czechs who immigrated (to America) had no religious affiliation,” she said. “They were agnostic and called themselves ‘free thinkers.’ Because of this, Catholics and Protestants refused to bury them in their cemeteries. So the Czechs had their own.”
Don’t you love that? Even in death, the Christians didn’t want to be mixed with the heathens. These are likely the same people who insist that we’ll end up in the same place in the afterlife, no matter what we say during our lives.
But they still don’t want you nearby, even when you’re dead.
Jesus must have insisted on that.
(Thanks to czechatheist for the link)