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A recent question to Ask the Times inquired about a statue in the Yellow Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Murrayville. The statue is of Pvt. Lee Earnest Garner, who died at 19 while serving in World War I.
According to an email sent by Vicki Bentley, secretary of the Northeast Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society, the statue in the Yellow Creek Baptist Church isn’t the only local cemetery statue.
Along with the one of Garner, another statue is located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, also in Murrayville. There is also a statue at Mount Salem Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, and one at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lula, according to Bentley.
Bentley believes the statues were not always created to exactly resemble the person memorialized. The statue trend became popular in the late 1800s but quickly faded away about 30 years later, she said.
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