A Louisiana Sea Grant supported book will debut Oct. 28 at the Louisiana Book Festival. “Fragile Grounds, Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries,” published by University Press of Mississippi in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grant, is part of the America’s Third Coast book series.
Authored by Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein, “Fragile Grounds” compiles stories and photographs of endangered cemeteries throughout the state’s coastal zone and beyond, linking the fragile land to the frailty of the state’s threatened community structures. It highlights the state’s vibrant diversity as shown through its unique burial customs and traditions, while promoting the need for ongoing documentation of cultural elements at risk, a news release said.
Schexnayder and Manhein will take part in a panel discussion on Louisiana’s cemeteries at the Louisiana Festival of the Book on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Schexnayder, of Denham Springs, is a Louisiana native who is passionate about documenting the people, history and culture of south Louisiana. Her writing and photography have been featured by the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Country Roads, Heart of Louisiana and Inside New Orleans. She is a retired communications coordinator for Louisiana Sea Grant.
Manhein, of Baton Rouge, is author of “The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist,” “Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist,” “Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology” and the mystery novel “Floating Souls: The Canal Murders.” She is retired director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory at LSU.
“Fragile Grounds, Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries” is now available from the University Press of Mississippi at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/.