How does Scout characterize the First Purchase cemetery?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Unlike most graveyards, Scout considered the one adjoining the First Purchase African Methodist Episcopal Church "a happy cemetery." It was situated in the Quarters outside the southern city limits of Maycomb. The ground was of "brick-hard clay" and in the winter, bodies were covered with ice until the ground softened. The only tombstones were old and "crumbling;" the newer graves were decorated with colored glass and Coca-Cola bottles. Lightning rods stood by some graves by their superstitious relatives, and burned candles marked many of the infants' final resting places.

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This can be found in Chapter 12.  Scout sees the cemetery when Atticus has to go to Montgomery.  He leaves Scout and Jem with Calpurnia.  They go with her to her church, the First Purchase African ME Church.

Overall, Scout describes the cemetery as a "happy cemetery."  I think that she says this because it has so many different kinds of things that show that it is much-visited.  The graves of babies have burned down candles in front of them.  The newer graves were outlined in colored glass taken from broken soda bottles.

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