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Carved marble urns on top of the tombs of Sarah Randal McGavock and Carrie and John McGavock, stolen or destroyed during the last half of the 20th century, are being replaced.

The two urns, replicated with imported Italian marble, will be unveiled at the McGavock Family Cemetery at Carnton Plantation at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, in remembrance of the family who is so closely associated with the history of the plantation.

Kem Hinton from Tuck Hinton Architects used photographs taken of the urns in the 19th and 20th century to determine the dimensions of the pieces for the replication process. Hinton then worked with Scott Kelly from Rehorn and Kelly Memorials and John Czernoczky, a sculptor classically trained in Romania on bringing the urns to life. The team ordered marble from Italy, made a clay model and began the process of carving the marble in replication of the urns.

Kelly will also be replicating a smaller grave stone that was deteriorating in the McGavock Family Cemetery. Additionally, the fence surrounding the cemetery will be prepped and repainted for the event. Funds for this restoration endeavor were provided by Roderick, Hanes and Winder Heller, descendants of the McGavock family.

The public is invited to attend the 3:00 pm unveiling.

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