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Walking Death

Designed by Albin Polasek, “The Pilgrim” is a bronze statue, now stained green, of an elderly woman walking toward the mausoleum belonging to the Stejskal-Buchal family. It’s now sometimes simply called “Death” or “Walking Death.” Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Keywords: Albin Polasek, Walking Death, Stejskal-Buchal, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, bronze statue, statue of death, death personified, cemetery sculpture

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In Sorrow

A statue of a grieving woman embraces a cross in Glenwood Cemetery on Brookside Drive south of Watertown, New York in Jefferson County. This memorial was erected for the Jammal family. Glenwood is a Catholic cemetery associated with St. Patrick’s Church.

Keywords: Weeping woman, Glenwood Cemetery, Catholic, New York, limestone statue, female statue, mourning, cemetery sculpture, cross

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Pray for the Hunted

A beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary in Clayton Cemetery on James Street, south of Clayton, New York in Jefferson County. Clayton is a quaint town along the St. Lawrence River with an antique boat museum and a few shops along the river. I enjoy an occasional visit to the Lyric Coffee House farther up James Street, downtown.

Keywords: Prayer, Catholic, New York, limestone statue, female statue, Virgin Mary, St. Mary, cemetery sculpture

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Madonna della Catena

Holy Mary of “the Chains” (della Catena) broke the chains of three wrongly condemned prisoners in Palermo in 1390. The chains were later found in the church of Santa Maria del Porto. This statue is in Assumption Cemetery in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

Keywords: Virgin Mary, St. Mary, Catholic, limestone sculpture, cemetery sculpture, Syracuse, New York, Italian, Madonna della Catena, baby Jesus, crown