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Art Deco Angel, Bonaventure Cemetery

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This is located in the Greek Section.

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Child’s Gravestone, Bonaventure Cemetery

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Cherub Ornaments of Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

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Andrew Granger (1902-1904)

In cemetery symbolism, cherubs almost always represent departed children. Bonaventure has numerous incarnations of these and I’ve chosen some of its best examples. The variety among different carvers is remarkable to me. Also known as winged babies or winged heads, cherub ornaments were most abundant in the late Victorian era, due especially to high infant mortality rates.

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Dorothy Miles Willcox, d. 1907

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Mary Catherine Roberts (1923-1926)

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Mary J. Schwarz (1901-1902)

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John N. Schwarz (No date discernible)

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Dieter Infant

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Wilmington River at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

Visitors to Bonaventure are treated with this pristine view, one of the most undeveloped natural landscapes in Savannah.

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Corinne Elliott Lawton Sculpture, Bonaventure Cemetery

Corinne Elliott Lawton (21 September 1846-24 January 24 1877)

Corinne was the eldest daughter of Alexander Robert Lawton. This sculpture was created by Benedetto Civiletti in 1879  in Sicily The pedestal is inscribed with the words: “Allured to brighter worlds and led the way.” Corinne’s sad eyes seem to tell the story of her life; she died the night before her wedding.

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Rafaello Romanelli’s Christ, Bonaventure Cemetery

Brigadier General Alexander Robert Lawton, CSA (5 November 1818-2 July 1896)

General Lawton was also a President of the Augusta and Savannah Railroad, a President of the American Bar Association, and U. S. Minister to Austria. The sculpture was created in 1898 in Florence.

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The Shell Girl, Bonaventure Cemetery

In Christian iconography the seashell, and more specifically the scallop, is a symbol for Baptism. The alcove surrounding this beloved sculpture contains the verse from St. Mark 10:15: Verily I Say Unto You, Whosoever Shall Not Receive the Kingdom of God As a Little Child, He Shall Not Enter Therein. This is the gravesite of George Johnson Baldwin (18 August 1856-4 March 1927) and Lucy Harvie Baldwin (25 March 1857-18 February 1923).

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