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May 6

Cleveland, Ohio

The Haserot Angel

The angel of death appears to weep black tears at this grave marker 

Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery contains a number of famous graves including those of presidents and business moguls, but its most striking grave marker may be the unsettling statue known as Haserot’s Angel.

Actually named “The Angel of Death Victorious,” The stoic angel is seated on the marble gravestone of one Francis Haserot. The life-size bronze statue of a seated angel holds an extinguished torch upside-down, a symbol of life extinguished. Perhaps its most unsettling feature, however, is  how the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. These “tears” formed over time, an effect of the aging bronze combined with the impressive sculpting work of the piece itself. This lacrimal feature attracts a number of visitors and tourists each year.

Know Before You Go

The cemetery is open everyday from 7:40 am until 5:30 pm, the angel is located in section 9 on lot 14. Maps are available at the gate, main office, and the Garfield Monument. It's easy to miss, just off the road and ensconced under some trees; the closest landmark is the Hanna Mausoleum which is marked on the map in section 9.

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