Last week’s article concluded with the burial of Dr. A. H. Herring in Redland Cemetery. The story, however, doesn’t end there. Samuel A. Boggs superintended the burial as he had been requested to do.
“This he did, and it was from him, his wife and A. G. Davis I obtained what will now be stated; a number of other persons having also seen what was seen by them, of whom I will only mention Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Phelps, and Mr. and Mrs. John G. Allen, all of Red Land.”
“Breaking up the cement, the bricks on top of the vault were thrown aside and the supporting frame work of the timber lifted off. The under side of the plank was found to be wet with moisture and discolored by time (two and a half years), and on that damp surface of rough plank was seen the entire figure of the buried man, in shading representing every part of the body, not such a picture as made the features recognizable but a close and distinct outline of the whole body size and shape. The large veins were shown in full relief, as is sometimes observed on the hands of living subjects, and of darker color than the fleshy parts, while the lungs were represented in light pinkishness and the brain appeared in whiter color.”
“None of the other vital organs were traced in colors, though the bony structure in part, including the ribs, was outlined.”
“On exposure to the air and sunlight the whole figure disappeared as soon as the moisture dried out, except the veins and lungs. The lungs also went quickly, but the veins remained permanently and were observed on the plank weeks afterward and on test could be raised from the plank with the point of a knife and found to be a fibrous or spongy formation, possessing such adhering qualities as prevented their being rubbed into dust or powder.”
“The pine box holding the casket was also wet and discolored, and on the under side of the top plank when taken off, was found a second picture, in shape and size as the one described but in this the veins were not traced as in the other, nor any of the vital organs shown in colors—of the two, the picture at top of the vault, with the greatest amount of solid material intervening between it and the body, was most complete.”
“The face, as seen through the glass in front of it, was well preserved.”
There is still more to this story so next week’s article will conclude this strange happening. Meanwhile, visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center to find out more about other events in Bossier Parish.
Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org