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The Sphinx at Mount Auburn Cemetery

August 12, 2014
American Sphinx Monument at Mount Auburn Cemetery

A monumental tribute to an important part of history.

The Civil War Remembered

The Sphinx monument at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was commissioned by founder Jacob Bigelow and created by sculptor Martin Milmore in 1872. Its historical significance to the causes and victory of the Civil War is clearly summarized in the monument’s inscription:

“American Union Preserved
African Slavery Destroyed
By the Uprising of a Great People
by the Blood of Fallen Heroes.”

More of The History

As quoted from the Mount Auburn Cemetery website:

“In December 1871, a single block of granite from Hallowell, Maine, was reduced to approximately 40 tons and conveyed by railroad to Boston. The owner of the quarry admitted to never having moved a stone this heavy. Milmore created a plaster model for the Sphinx in his studio on Tremont Street in Boston. He then transported the model by horse and carriage to the marble yard of the McDonald Monument Company across from the Cemetery on Mount Auburn Street. There, he and his brother Joseph carved the great statue. They completed the Sphinx in July 1872, and in August it was moved into the Cemetery.”

One of Many

The Sphinx is one of many notable structures that can be found in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Whether in early spring with the daffodils in bloom, or during the changing colors of autumn, a stroll through Mount Auburn Cemetery is always a fascinating adventure.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200mm
Exif Data:  1/640s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 18mm, –1/3 EV

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