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Famous Shrouded Grave Statue.

Famous Shrouded Grave Statue

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Washington, DC

An androgynous, enigmatic shrouded bronze figure sits with his/her back against a wall. Officially "The Adams Memorial," it's one of the most photographed monuments in Washington, DC. It's also the tombstone of Clover Adams, a wealthy socialite photographer who killed herself in 1885 by drinking darkroom chemicals.

The bronze figure was sculpted by famous artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens (who later designed the $20 gold piece) and the wall was designed by famous architect Stanford White (who was later murdered by a jealous rival). Saint-Gaudens called his figure, "The Mystery of the Hereafter and The Peace of God that Passeth Understanding," but the public called it "Grief" -- a much less pretentious title that Clover Adams' husband hated.

Famous Shrouded Grave Statue

Rock Creek Cemetery

Address:
Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC
Directions:
Rock Creek Cemetery. Enter at the intersection of Webster St. NW and Rock Creek Church Rd NW. Drive straight in, make the fifth right, the a quick right again. Drive until the road curves left, then park. You'll see the Adams Memorial on the left, surrounded by shrubs.
Hours:
Gates open daily 8-dusk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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