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Isaac Nettles Gravestones
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Marker for "Mother" Nettles, born January 1859 and died July 6, 1933
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Nearest city Carlton, Alabama
Area less than one acre
Architect Nettles, Issac Sr.
MPS Clarke County MPS
NRHP reference No. 00000141
Added to NRHP February 24, 2000

The Isaac Nettles Gravestones are three unusual headstones in the Mount Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery near Carlton in rural Clarke County, Alabama. Surveyed for the National Register of Historic Places' Clarke County Multiple Property Submission, they were added to the Register on February 24, 2000.

Mount Nebo Baptist Church, a traditionally African American Baptist church, was established in the 19th century. The three Nettles markers are made of concrete and feature death masks, presumed by scholars to be of the people whose graves they mark. They are attributed to Isaac "Ike" Nettles, a local man who created them between 1933 and 1946. When surveyed in 2000 the markers had not weathered well, with only the most ornate one, with three individual masks on one marker, in good condition.

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