Why would anyone write a book about a cemetery? Good question, and the answer is, because the people buried in a cemetery each have a story. Their lives contributed to their community’s history. However, with each passing generation, their stories begin to fade and are told less and less. Eventually the stories fade into the sunset.
This is the tale of a stranger. And it is the tale of a Pueblo woman so distraught by the unmarked grave site hidden in plain view that she put it on her bucket list to change things. She was determined that whomever rested in the ground next to her parents would be, must be remembered.
As Lucille Corsentino begins a driving tour of Roselawn Cemetery, she offers a question.
“Have you ever heard the statement from Benjamin Franklin?”
She pauses and then speaks slowly, savoring each word.
In Pueblo, history comes alive in death.
The 61,000 headstones at Roselawn Cemetery tell the story of the city’s history and of its exceptional characters.
Many are described in a new book, “The Hearts & Souls of Roselawn” produced by the cemetery's foundation. Foundation President Lucille Corsentino talked to Colorado Matters about the history that's buried in the cemetery.