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Re: Arkansas Headstone Inscriptions ?

Have you tried this contact:
http://www.mosaictemplarspreservation.org/default.asp
There is an email addreess and a phone number. Perhaps it is worth a try since Booker T. Washington was an affiliate in Arkansas: http://www.mosaictemplarspreservation.org/history_ninth/historicalcontext.asp

The swastika reference, on the other hand, could represent several different things:
It was long widely used in major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
The symbol was popular as a good luck charm with early aviators (circa 1912 and earlier)
It was widely used by many southwestern tribes, most notably the Navajo
The first time the swastika was used with an "Aryan" meaning was on December 25, 1907
And we all know its connotation beginning in 1920 with Hitler's "Mein Kampf" (My fight or battle)
Having said that, it would be important to attempt to pinpoint the time period associated with your relative. DOB, DOD could really help to shape the meaning of the inscription

Hope some of this helps...


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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