Louisiana Roadside Memorials: Negotiating an Emerging Tradition

  • Maida Owens


Roadside memorials have attracted attention from both researchers and the general public in recent years. These memorials evoke strong feelings since they remind us of our own mortality. While this tradition has a long history in many parts of the world, it has proliferated in recent years, spreading into non-Catholic and even non-Christian communities. In the last twenty years, these roadside memorials1 commemorating sites of violent death have spread into the American South, including Louisiana. But, not all traffic fatalities result in a memorial that is then maintained over time. I investigate factors determining whether a memorial is built or not and whether it remains or not, particularly focusing on the negotiation process.


Baton Rouge Newspaper Article Safety Hazard Violent Death Drunk Driving 
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