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JFK in a Graveyard, But Not His Grave

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Taylorville, Illinois

A statue of President Kennedy with squinty eyes, eight feet tall, carved from white Italian Carrara marble, stands atop a pedestal surrounded by graves in Oak Hill Cemetery. Although the pedestal is engraved with JFK's name and lifespan, he is not buried here; his grave is 800 miles away in Virginia. The origins of the statue are obscure, but it was commissioned only a month after JFK's assassination, and Robert Kennedy supposedly supplied a reference photo of his brother's face to be used by the Italian stone-carvers. The statue proved to be a good deal for the cemetery, as all the plots surrounding the statue were subsequently sold out.

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JFK in a Graveyard, But Not His Grave

Oak Hill Cemetery

820 S. Cherokee St., Taylorville, IL
On the far east side of Oak Hill Cemetery. Enter the cemetery from S. Cherokee St., drive all the way to the back, then make a right. You'll see the statue ahead, the tallest white thing around.
Gates open daily 8-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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