The Silent Guardians: Cemeteries of Baltimore City

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In East Baltimore an angel stands guard over the souls who rest under her gaze. Across town, a pair of children who died over a hundred years ago stand together forever. Toys and flowers mark their spot as well as gifts from unknown, but contemporary visitors.

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States named Baltimore “The Monumental City” during a visit in 1827. Numerous landmarks along public streets tell the story of the city and the people who helped shape it.

But, behind walls and gates there are many more tributes to individuals whose histories may not be as well known. Simple and embellished grave markers found in cemeteries speak to love, loss and memory. The monuments of stone and metal may entice a visitor to linger in a place designed for sleep.