African American Heritage Trail: A Monument for Kittie Knox
On September 29, 2013, a monument for Katherine T. “Kittie” Knox was officially unveiled during an event to honor Knox’s life and accomplishments and to celebrate the placement of a memorial at her previously unmarked grave.
Mount Auburn first learned of Kittie Knox from Lorenz Finison, a scholar researching the history of cycling. With help from Finison, the Cemetery was able to connect with members of the Towle family, relatives of Kittie Knox through her mother’s line. Along with other donors, the Towle family provided support to erect a monument on the formerly unmarked gravesite. Using historic photographs as a reference, David Sullivan of Mount Auburn Memorials was able to design a most fitting memorial for the cyclist, complete with an image a historically appropriate bicycle. Mount Auburn’s staff placed the monument for Kittie Knox at her grave on Vesper Path during the summer of 2013.
Funding for this project has been provided by the 1772 Foundation; Mass Humanities; the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (made possible by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom); the Cambridge Arts Council and the Watertown Cultural Council (local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency); and contributions from Sydney Nathans, Mary K. Zervigon, and the family of Katherine Knox.