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Empirical Choirs

Memorial to Lost Children in Marco Island Cemetery, 489 West Elkcam Circle, Marco, Collier County, Florida.

In the early 1970s, less than 4,000 people lived on Marco Island. Many had left earlier in the century due to economic hardship and the Great Depression. Old Marco Cemetery, as it was called at the time, was all but abandoned, left to nature and the social outcasts who came there to drink and race dirt bikes and motorcycles along its trails.

On April 10, 1973, two teenage girls, Linda Walters and Lisa Nankevill, committed suicide near the cemetery. The incident shocked the tight-knit community, particularly because they seemed like typical American high school girls. Outrage by the senselessness of the act, local residents banded together to reclaim the cemetery.

Today, a loving memorial to lost children, featuring a cherubic angel with open arms, stands in the garden-like cemetery. The road running past the cemetery is heavily traveled, and many visitors come and go without ever knowing of the tragedy that took place there some 42 years ago.

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Silence of the Passed

Headstone for Nellie Hogan Gray (1861-1880) in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. Nellie was the wife of George W. Gray and died at the age of 19, however, she is not buried with her spouse. The inscription reads:

Loving wife you left me here alone
without a friend my sorrow to condole
If in Heaven’s bliss we meet once more
with you I will stay and hurt never more

“Condole” means to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.

This 300-acre cemetery was established in 1848 and designed in rural style. It offers a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and contains the remains of over 16,000 people, including Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson.

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Angel of Salvation

Memorial to Benjamin (1832-1918) and Lucy Hubbard (1838–1899) Fifield in Green Mount Cemetery at 250 State Street (U.S. Route 2) in the City of Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, on bluffs along the north bank of the Winooski River. Benjamin Franklin Fifield was a Republican U.S. Senator who helped elect President James Garfield.

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Neverwhere

Monument to Henry (1834-1897) and Helen (1835-1915) Likly and family in Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York. Henry, Canadian by birth, was a leather maker who co-founded Henry Likly & Co. (which became simply Likly’s in 1925). He sold leather suitcases, trunks, handbags, and other items.

Mount Hope Cemetery, adjacent to the University of Rochester, was founded in 1838 as a municipal rural cemetery and sprawls over 196 acres. More than 350,000 former residents are interred there, including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragette Susan B. Anthony, and city founder Nathaniel Rochester.

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