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'eternal Silence'- Graceland Cemetery Chicago
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Chicago arguably has the most interesting and significant history of any US city, and at Graceland Cemetery - also called "The Mount Auburn of Chicago" and "The Cemetery of Architects" - you can see the elaborate tombs of the men and women who made Chicago. Taking a stroll through Graceland Cemetery will take you back in time as you discover the history of some of Chicago’s rich and influential - famous politicians, architects, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists.
A robed and hooded bronze figure stands before a polished black slab of granite, its face partially hidden by one arm. 'Eternal Silence', also called the "Statue of Death", was created by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1909. Due to the way bronze ages, the statue turned green, while its face, set in a depth to be more protected, turned a dark black. The eight-foot-tall haunting draped and hooded, dark, morbid, almost scary appearance of 'Eternal Silence' marks the plot of hotelier Dexter Graves (1789-1844), who, in 1831, brought the first colony to Chicago from Ashtabula, Ohio.
Chicago, with its colorful history of scoundrels and gangsters, offers some of the most fascinating and well-designed cemeteries, and Graceland, with its handsome Victorian design, is one of the most amazing cemeteries in the country.
March 4th, 2013
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