In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a particular styled gravemarker, featuring a circle shape atop a rectangular body, was prominent in Southern Illinois.
Those particular gravemarkers are the subject of "A Shape in Time and Space," whose author will talk about them at the General John. A Logan Museum in Murphysboro. Local author Michael J. McNerney will speak about them at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.
McNerney's book discusses the uniquely shaped pioneer gravemarker, exploring its origins and revealing the families associated with its use, according to the General John A. Logan Museum.
At night, these gravestones could lead an onlooker to think he or she was looking at aliens moving through Southern Illinois, according to the museum.
— Stephanie Esters