CHICAGO (AP) — Elmo’s has been making tombstones on the South Side of Chicago for more than half a century, hand-carving grave markers for the bereaved families of everyone from local celebrities to victims of the gang violence that has become a hallmark of that part of the city.
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Hosea Knox, owner of Elmo’s Tombstone Service cuts out the lettering Thursday, May 28, 2020, on a stencil glued to a granite stone in his shop on Chicago’s Southside. Knox and assistant Leon Brown take pride in distinguishing themselves from the modern “computerized laser” cut, a technique that Knox claims is just a “skin” cut that will fade over time. “It is just like a photograph, it is not cut in there deep,” Knox said, “When I cut a stone, it is down in there and will withstand the weather.” (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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