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  • Monument Name

    Henry Bacon Grave Marker, Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Cultural Figures

  • Creator

    Henry Bacon, Designer

  • City

    Wilmington

  • County

    New Hanover

  • Description

    Henry Bacon, architect from North Carolina and designer of the Lincoln Memorial, is buried in Oakdale Cemetery. The grave marker is a tall, narrow and smooth marble stele with an ornate scallop or palmate decoration at the top. The marker is inscribed in memory of Bacon and his wife. A larger marker dedicated to the Bacon family sits a number of feet away in the family plot. This marker is a narrow marble stele with neo-classical elements. The top of the stele is capped with the gable of a roman temple, and a laurel leaf wreath in bas-relief appears just above the inscription.

    Image: Bacon Family Grave Marker, Oakdale Cemetery

  • Inscription

    HENRY BACON / 1806 – 1924 / THE / ARCHITECT OF THE / LINCOLN MEMORIAL / AT / WASHINGTON / LAURA CALVERT / BACON / 1862-1945

  • Custodian

    Administered by Oakdale Cemetery Company

  • Dedication Date

    The family marker was dedicated in 1919, and Bacon's own grave marker was dedicated at his death in 1924.

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.245590 , -77.932870 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Boney, Leslie N. "Henry Bacon." 1852 Oakdale Cemetery, 2009. Link

      "Bacon, Henry (1866-1924)," North Carolina Architects & Builders: A Biographical Dictionary, (accessed November 4, 2011) Link

      "Henry Bacon Grave Marker, (sculpture)." Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, # IAS NC000331, (accessed August 29, 2013) Link

      "Oakdale Cemetery - Monument of Henry Bacon," in Louis T. Moore Collection 014, New Hanover County Public Library Digital Archives, (accessed August 28, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble

  • Sponsors

    Henry Bacon

  • Subject Notes

    Henry Bacon was the architect and designer of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. He also participated in the design of two well-known North Carolina monuments, the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy in Raleigh and the 1924 Confederate Monument (also known as the Boney Monument) on South 3rd Street in Wilmington. Bacon was born in Watseka, Illinois in 1866, but spent his youth and formative years in Wilmington. He designed a number of homes in Wilmington during his professional career as an architect.

    The design of his marker was taken from drawings found in his desk following his death, and the family marker was commissioned by Bacon in 1919 from his own design.

  • Location

    The monument is located in the Oakdale Cemetery and sits two graves over from the grave of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, the Confederate spy.

  • Landscape

    The grave and family marker sit in the grass and moss of a shaded area of the cemetery.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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