Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Van Ness-Parsons Family Tomb
This family wanted to make sure to cover all their bases. So they went with it all: (form left to right) the Old Testament, personified by baby Moses and his mother; The New Testament, represented by Jesus and Mary; Osiris, the Egyptian god responsible for safeguarding tombs, above the doorway; a sphinx; and the image of Ra, the Egyptian sun god. (Ra was originally a bronze plaque – you can see the pins that held it in place; ironically, the sun has burnt the image of Ra into the wall.) The pyramid itself is in Egyptian Revival architectural style and was meant to convey the message that this family was part of a 5,000-year flow of culture and history.
Erected by The Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Location. 40° 39.451′ N, 73° 59.475′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on 23rd Street. The marker is within Green-Wood Cemetery on Battle Ave at Bay View Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anderson Family Tomb (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonald The Battle of Brooklyn (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brooklyn (about 400 feet away); Civil War Soldiers’ Monument (about 500 feet away); Huntington’s Regiment (about 500 feet away); Triumph on Battle Hill (about 500 feet away); Battle Hill (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.