Richmond, Virginia: Dog Statue on Child's Grave

Metal dog stands at the grave of young Bernadine Rees, who succumbed to scarlet fever, but loved this statue.
Address:
412 South Cherry St., Richmond, VA
Directions:
South of Idlewood Ave. Somewhere in cemetery, need better directions.
Hours:
8 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
804-648-8501
Admission:
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Dog and grave. Dog Statue on Child's Grave

If you can't find it, go to the pyramid Confederate Memorial first, and if you are facing the memorial, look to your right and you will see it in the distance.

[Somayeh, 05/02/2012]
Dog Statue on Child's Grave

There's a map on the right as you enter the cemetery that shows you where the dog is.

[Matt, 03/12/2012]
Dog Statue on Child's Grave

A statue of a dog stands guard on the grave of a young girl in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. Around 1862, a little girl named Bernadine Rees would regularly visit a merchant's shop with her mother, and the dog statue was outside of the merchant's business. The 2-year old girl loved the dog statue and would pet and talk to the "dog" whenever she visited. The little girl fell victim to scarlet fever, and passed away, and the mother was inconsolable. The merchant had been to the funeral, and offered up the dog statue to place on the child's grave, since she had loved it so when she had been alive.

The dog has stood guard on her grave ever since, and people periodically leave small gifts such as pennies and little toys as tokens of esteem or for good luck. The area of the cemetery where the grave is located is now known as "black dog hill."

[Sandi, 10/06/2010]

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