Famous Memorials

While in Cleveland Chris and I visited the cemetery where family members Jeptha and Susannah Wade are buried.  The Wade memorial chapel is in Lake View Cemetery, which he founded himself, and the chapel is beautiful.

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The artwork inside was made by the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany.  There is a Tiffany window as well as murals on each side, made of tiny pieces of cut glass.

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The murals on the walls symbolize the prophecy and law of the Old Testament, with the prophets shown as rowers of boats headed away from Death towards the life of Christ.

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It’s really stunning to see.  The burials are outside near the lake.

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The entire cemetery is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

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Here is John D. Rockefeller’s memorial.

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We also toured the tomb of former U.S. President James A. Garfield.

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It’s hard to imagine that Tiffany and Garfield and Rockefeller were all close friends of Jeptha Wade, along with many of my family members.  Jeptha and his wife died in 1890 and 1889, respectively.  I’m thankful they took in all the orphaned nieces of our family in those years.  Strangely, there are just very simple plots for them at their burial place near the Wade Chapel.

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