The Tavern is a site where paths of the living and dead intersect in a spatial way—bar regulars view certain spots in the Tavern as their spot. The presence of memorial plaques in those same unique locations indicate that before that stool was their spot, it was someone else's beloved space beforehand. The plaques that cover much of the bar and the wall adjacent to the eight booths signify this intersection of private grief and public space, creating a liminal space between life/death and public/private, where neither binary is so solid.
Bud Foote was as an English professor at Georgia Tech, a regular at Manuel's Tavern, and an important citizen in the Atlanta community.
Bud Foote, Ruth Anne Foote, Anna Foote, Materiality, Death, ritual, memorialization, Manuel's Tavern, Plaque, Urns, Mourning, Objects, material culture, community, #eedr2016