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I spent about 6 months roaming unique and extremely olde cemeteries in my 2 counties to find all his stones. Some hidden in the woods bordering the church cemeteries that are now destroyed except for the headstones.
Please read this first.
I left the stone's patina as is because it never changed over the hundreds of years.
https://mdhistoricaltrust.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/african-american-gravestone-carver-sebastian-boss-hammond/



























Sep 28, 2022 at 11:46 AM
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Fantastic "back drop" story Danny!
Just wonderful images!
Very well done! Yes it belongs in the "People" category despite no person image.
Garryowen brother!
Dom



Sep 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM
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What a great story about this gentleman Dan. The workings of his carvings are a true memorial to his unique craft. It was nice to hear that he and his family got their freedom from slavery and owned a piece of America thereafter
Thanks for sharing, just incredible.
Karl



Sep 28, 2022 at 01:24 PM
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Cool set Dan. Reminds us that, in days of yore, only the wealthy got their portraits documented.


Sep 28, 2022 at 01:52 PM
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Hi Dan...

What a wonderful set of photographs and a big hat tip to you for taking the time to document all of this gentleman's headstones. The linked article about his life and work is fascinating, and one can only imagine the life he led as a slave and eventually as a free man.

Great work.

Tom



Sep 28, 2022 at 02:00 PM
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Thank You everyone!
It was an adventure to say the least!

I tried to find the quarry he cut his stones from, Sams Creek, but was unable to find the exact location.

America has been built on the backs of many peoples! This slave/freedman was fortunate to have an avenue to freedom and he took it. He was lucky! And I don't mean that, he was lucky, in a disrespectful way.



Sep 28, 2022 at 02:22 PM
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Nice work Dan,
Love old cemeteries and head stones, especially the really old ones.
Quite a craft there and I'm sure pride in the carver/engravers work.
Hard to find now a days.



Sep 28, 2022 at 07:07 PM
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Excellent photos. His work is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to post this.


Sep 28, 2022 at 10:50 PM
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Perspective

This backstory, will carry forward.



Sep 29, 2022 at 05:23 AM
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Excellent images and a great story. It sounds like he was a respected man with an exceptional talent.


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Wonderful series and story Dan....




Sep 29, 2022 at 06:15 AM
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Bill Gass wrote:
Nice work Dan,
Love old cemeteries and head stones, especially the really old ones.
Quite a craft there and I'm sure pride in the carver/engravers work.
Hard to find now a days.

Thanks Bill!
I read about this man in a local news article years ago.
When I retired, I decided to explore those cemeteries because they are near me. Most very hard to find because the churches that were there were wood and now gone.

It was a sight to behold. His headstones were some of the last remaining headstones "in place" after hundreds of years. The patina still looked "fresh" and the carved lettering was just super!!! Superior craftsmanship!
Thanks!
Dan




Sep 29, 2022 at 08:18 AM
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Doc25 wrote:
Excellent photos. His work is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to post this.

Thanks "Doc"!
It was a satisfying project!
His story even more satisfying!
Dan




Sep 29, 2022 at 08:19 AM
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RustyBug wrote:
Perspective

This backstory, will carry forward.

Thanks Kent!!
Dan




Sep 29, 2022 at 08:20 AM
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spoupard wrote:
Excellent images and a great story. It sounds like he was a respected man with an exceptional talent.


I totally agree and in a period of our history where the division among people was huge!
Thanks!
Dan



Sep 29, 2022 at 08:21 AM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
Wonderful series and story Dan....


Thanks Allen!
S/F!
RD




Sep 29, 2022 at 08:22 AM
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Superb series. The first image is my pick.


Sep 29, 2022 at 12:49 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Superb series. The first image is my pick.

My very 1st headstone I found my friend!!!
Agree!
Thanks!
Dan




Sep 29, 2022 at 02:12 PM
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Dan, what a cool back story! Great set of images and craftsmanship is just incredible👍🏻 Thanks for sharing.


Sep 29, 2022 at 10:36 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Dan, what a cool back story! Great set of images and craftsmanship is just incredible👍🏻 Thanks for sharing.


Thank you my friend Parul!
The carving is just spectacular! Headstones set 50-60 years later, the lettering has almost been "smoothed" over from weather. The letter edges are still "sharp and well defined". The color has only gotten better over the 100+ years.
Thanks for comments!
Dan



Sep 30, 2022 at 08:52 AM
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