Tales and Tombstones of Sunset Cemetery: Author Talk & Book Signing
March 19, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Admission limited to 35. Tickets are $8/person.
In “Tales and Tombstones,” June Hadden Hobbs and Joe DePriest discuss portions of their book Tales and Tombstones of Sunset Cemetery: Tracing Lives and Memorial Customs in a Southern Graveyard. The talk is a conversation between a journalist who tells the tales of interesting people buried in historic Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, NC, and an academic who discusses the epitaphs and icons on their tombstones. Come learn about a woman who has earned a reputation as a witch, the nation’s most successful bank robber, how people coped with tragically high infant mortality, what tombstones tell us about gender expectations, and much more.
Joe DePriest is an award-winning journalist who grew up in Shelby, North Carolina. After graduating from Gardner-Webb College and the University of North Carolina School of Journalism in Chapel Hill, he was a United States Army journalist in Vietnam and a reporter for the Shelby Star, the Charlotte Observer, and other North Carolina newspapers. DePriest’s focus has often been on local history such as the 1929 strike at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina. He is the author of Voices in Time: Stories of the Banker’s House and co-author with June Hadden Hobbs of Tales and Tombstones of Sunset Cemetery: Tracing Lives and Memorial Customs in a Southern Graveyard.
June Hadden Hobbs is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. She was editor of Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies for eight years, and she has published a book and several articles on popular culture topics such as American hymnody and tombstones as well as on more traditional literary topics such as Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. She is the winner of the 2017 Harriette Merrifield Forbes Award for outstanding contributions to the field of gravestone studies and of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award at Gardner-Webb. Dr. Hobbs regularly teaches an honors seminar called Death in American Culture as well as classes on American literature and classical rhetoric. She is the co-author with Joe Depriest of Tales and Tombstones of Sunset Cemetery: Tracing Lives and Memorial Customs in a Southern Graveyard.
Books will be for sale at the cost of $39.95 at the event. You can also purchase them online at: