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I really liked the way this old tomb looked with the direct afternoon sun shining on it - the shadows were really deep in contrast to the shining stone in the sun. This photo was shot in St. Louis' Bellefontaine Cemetery, one of the oldest and most picturesque cemeteries in the city. Many famous people were buried here, including August Busch I, William S. Burroughs, James B. Eads and General Sterling Price.

This is the mausoleum of John E. Liggett, a local St. Louis business leader. Here is what the website "Find A Grave" says about him:

"Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company magnate. Born in St. Louis, John Edmund Liggett was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Foulks). At the age of eighteen, he entered the employ of Foulks & Shaw, tobacco manufacturers, the members of this firm being his maternal grandfather, Christopher Foulks, and stepfather, Hiram Shaw. About the time he attained his majority, his grandfather retired from the firm and the business became known as Hiram Shaw & Co. It would later be known as J.E. Liggett & Bro., Liggett & Dausman, and eventually was incorporated as the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Manufacturing Company in 1873. As president of the company, John greatly shaped and influenced the tobacco market and was considered a pleasant and encouraging employer to those who numbered at times more than a thousand. He was married in St. Louis on December 21, 1851, to Elizabeth J. Calbreath of Callaway Co., Missouri and they became the parents of Dolly L., Hiram Shaw, Cora and Ella Liggett. A man of great wealth, John Liggett was known to have remained the same plain, matter-of-fact man. At the time of his death, his estate was one of the largest ever accumulated by a citizen of St. Louis, being valued in the millions."

(This bio was written by Connie Nisinger)

I was at this cemetery last Sunday as part of a Photographer's Meetup group I've joined to force myself to take time out and use my camera for fun more often. There are tons of opportunities for great photographs there, so I will be going back.

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