Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brooklyn Mayor Charles A. Schieren

The 'Angel of Death' monument, which marks the graves of Charles A. Schieren (Brooklyn’s next to last mayor) and his wife, Mary Louise, is perhaps the eeriest site in Green-Wood’s. It was crafted by Solon Borglum, who also sculpted Mount Rushmore. An archival shot of this monument appears on Page 37 of my Green-Wood Cemetery book.

The Schieren's died of pneumonia within 24 hours of one another. Inscribed on the plaque in front of the monument are the words: In their lives they were lovely and in their death they were not divided.

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