Welcome to Graveyard Rabbit of Yoknapatawpha County. As the name might suggest, this blog is dedicated to the many graveyards found in William Faulkner's real-life equivalent of his fictional Yoknapatawpha County. That would be Lafayette County, Mississippi.
Graveyard Rabbit Association
About Yoknapatawpha County
The map at the top of this page is from Faulkner's 1936 novel, Absalom, Absalom! which is set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County. It is believed that Faulkner's inspiration for the name of Yoknapatawpha County came from the Yocona River, a corruption of the name Yoknapatawpha County. Indeed, Yoknapatawpha River forms the southern boundary of fictional Yoknapatawpha County while Yocona River is the southern boundary of Lafayette County. Early maps of Lafayette County included a river called Yockney-Patafa. Apparently, Yoknapatawpha comes from two Chickasaw words "yocona" and "petopha" which mean "split land."
About Graveyard Rabbits
The Association Of Graveyard Rabbits was founded by Terry Thornton, a native Mississippian and retired university professor. Its name comes from Frank Lebby Stanton's poem, The Graveyard Rabbit, which refers to Stanton's belief that rabbits who inhabit graveyards have a charmingly intimate knowledge of those graveyards and a loving association with the dead. According to the association's website, these traits are the motivation of the human beings interested in this group.