In the Silver Spring Presbyterian Churchyard, previous pastors still watch over the flock.
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Transcription: ERECTED BY THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM DENNING, THE PATRIOTIC BLACKSMITH AND FORGER OF WROUGHT-IRON CANNON DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR BORN 1737 DIED 1830
Henry Rogers Selden was a lawyer, judge and politician, serving in such positions as Lieutenant Governor of New York. But the reason I photographed his grave marker is that Selden defended Susan B. Anthony in 1873. Anthony and a number of her fellow suffragists decided to test the constitutionality of denying women the right to vote, and Anthony presented her research and arguments to Selden. He found them compelling and told her that he thought she had a right to vote. She voted in the national election of 1872 and was arrested for illegal voting. Selden defended her during the case pro bono, and was extremely disappointed at her conviction.
Posted in Cemetery Sculpture, Symbolism, tagged cleveland, cross, lake view cemetery, occupation, ohio, pilgrimage, roman cross, scallop shell, sculpture, st. james, way of st. james on September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The shell on this tombstone in Lake View Cemetery intrigues me. A shell like this, specifically a scallop shell, is the pilgrimage symbol for Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Greater. The shrine holds bones that are reputed to be those of the saint, also the patron saint of Spain, and has been a pilgrimage site for Christians since the 9th century. Medieval pilgrims would wear a shell as a symbol of their journey, and such scallop shells are still available today. Did Irvin make this journey and treasure it in such a way that a representation of it was to be on his grave marker?