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Believe it or Not

 
 
Believe it or Not Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
1. Believe it or Not Marker
Inscription.  Raised slabs mark a number of grave sites at Westminster, but none has garnered as much attention as this one. Once the subject of a "Ripley's Believe it or Not," this gravity-defying piece of marble continues to fascinate.

This slab was originally part of a lot belonging to William Matthews (1753-1819), a merchant and Revolutionary War veteran.

[photograph]
Longtime Steward Reverened Bruce McDonald, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1925 until 1959, championed the care and preservation of the burying ground, and tirelessly promoted its historical significance.

Rev. Bruce McDonald inspecting a raised marble grave marker, Spetember 22, 1950
Joshua S. Cosden, photographer
1950, reprinted with the permission of the Baltimore Sun
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.389′ N, 76° 37.401′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Fayette Street and North Greene Street. Touch for map
Marker and the grave marker in question image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
2. Marker and the grave marker in question
. Marker is on the grounds of Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 26 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dugan-Hollins Family Vault (a few steps from this marker); James McHenry (a few steps from this marker); Fame, Fortune and Financial Scandal (a few steps from this marker); Among Family: Poe’s Original Burial Place (a few steps from this marker); A Swashbuckling Merchant (a few steps from this marker); Infusing Style and Sophistication: (a few steps from this marker); Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); James McHenry, M.D. (a few steps from this marker); A Beloved General (a few steps from this marker); Bernard von Kapff (a few steps from this marker); Local Hero, National Leader (a few steps from this marker); Monumental Lives (a few steps from this marker); The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground
Metal support underneath the grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
3. Metal support underneath the grave marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Gilmors (within shouting distance of this marker); Final Rest (within shouting distance of this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mother’s Grief (within shouting distance of this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); John McDonogh (within shouting distance of this marker); The McDonoghs of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sleep of Young Innocents (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Poe’s Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker).
Longtime Steward image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2017
4. Longtime Steward
Reverenced Bruce McDonald, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1925 until 1959, championed the care and preservation of the burying ground, and tirelessly promoted its historical significance.

Rev. Bruce McDonald inspecting a raised marble grave marker, September 22, 1950
Joshua S. Cosden, photographer
1950, reprinted with the permission of the Baltimore Sun
Close-up of photo on marker
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Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker can be seen just off center, in the midground image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
5. Marker can be seen just off center, in the midground
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,058 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4. submitted on June 3, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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