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February 1, 2013

A cemetery ought to be a place where the living and the dead mix on happy and useful terms. This is described as a place of repose and so it is, but it is also a place of purpose, and that purpose celebrates life and beauty, nature and the mysteries of God, which the theologians themselves cannot even begin to express or understand.

It is a splendid enterprise.

– The Reverend Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals
and Pusey Minister at The Memorial Church, Harvard University
,
speaking at the 175th Anniversary of Mount Auburn’s Consecration,
September 24, 2006.


INTRODUCTION

ENDURING BONDS OF FAMILY
Harriet, John & Louisa Jacobs
Mary Walker

SYMBOLS OF THE CAUSE
Charles Turner Torrey
Peter Byus

REFORMERS AND THEIR COMMUNITY
Benjamin Franklin Roberts
Joshua Bowen Smith
Josephine & Florida Ruffin

HARVARD AND THE LAW
George Ruffin
Clement Morgan
William Henry Lewis

REDISCOVERED SOULS
Kittie Knox
Myrtle Hart

CEMETERY ICONS
Hygeia by Edmonia Lewis
Shaw Monument & the Massachusetts 54th
The Sphinx

CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 Videos of the event


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.

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