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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

Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC
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.
Gates open daily 8-dusk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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