Cemetery art is an ongoing series of photographs about fascinating and unusual tombstones and monuments at various locations I have discovered throughout my travels. Some of the best memorials and sculptures I have seen are in cemeteries. Here is a cross section of some of the best.


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Salesman’s last stop

Lincoln Cemetery

Lincoln, Kansas

Sculpture with summer hat 2007

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Died in a stampede

Old Abilene Cemetery

Abilene, Kansas

Crime Does Not Pay!

Old Abilene Cemetery

Abilene, Kansas

Back of grave

Delphos Cemetery

Delphos, Kansas

Covered wagon grave GAR

Delphos Cemetery

Delphos, Kansas

She went about doing good things

Delphos Cemetery

Delphos, Kansas

A log headstone

Delphos Cemetery

Delphos, Kansas

Black Dahlia’s grave “Memories”

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Elizabeth Short “Black Dahlia”

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Black Dahlia’s grave “I will not forget”

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Gone Fishing

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Atlas rocket

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Los Angeles

Resurrection

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

John Died of his Wounds

Masons Cemetery

Sacramento

Soldiers Grave

Odd Fellows Cemetery

Sacramento

Infant on a half shell

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

Preserved Fish’s grave

New York City Marble Cemetery

New York

Mama on torn page

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

Harry R. Snow Esq. books

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

The Empty Chair, Davis Memorial

Mt Hope Cemetery

Hiawatha, Kansas

Portraits, Davis Memorial

Mt Hope Cemetery

Hiawatha, Kansas

La Pieta encased

Passy Cemetery

Paris

Escape

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Oscar Wilde’s grave

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Official Seal

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Los Angeles

Rocks

Giva’at Shaul

Jerusalem

African burial ground

Foley Square

New York

Valentin brothers WWI trench tomb

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Anchor

U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery

Annapolis, Maryland

torah scroll

Giva’at Shaul

Jerusalem

Sculptor and dog head

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

The Kiss by Brancusi

Montparnasse Cemetery

Paris

Ricardo

Montparnasse Cemetery

Paris

Giant hands

Montparnasse Cemetery

Paris

César’s tomb

Montparnasse Cemetery

Paris

Charles and Mr.s Pigeon in bed

Montparnasse Cemetery

Paris

Results of a duel

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Art Nouveau grave

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Elaborate gave

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Glass canopy

Passy Cemetery

Paris

Battleship Maine relics Memorial

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

Scrolled paper

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

Only resting

Old City Cemetery

Sacramento

Civil War grave

U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery

Annapolis, Maryland

Where Money is buried

Mt Hope Cemetery

Hiawatha,Kansas

Granite anchor

U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery

Annapolis, Maryland

Cement tree stump graveyard bench

Old Topeka Cemetery

Topeka

Smiling sun face

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka

Oval basin tombstone

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Open grave

Lincoln Cemetery

Lincoln, Kansas

Skull and crossbones

Monparnasse cemetery

Paris

Ship captain’s tomb

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland, California

Seated gentleman

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Dirigible bas-relief

Pére  Lachaise cemetery

Paris

Portrait of death

Pére  Lachaise cemetery

Paris

                  aka Sarah Oliver

Old Stone Church Cemetery

Maple Hill, Kansas

Sculpture with winter hat 2007

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Sarah Oliver

Weeping Willow, 1868

St. Michael’s Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Sego Palm headstone, 1800s

St. Michael’s Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Hand from Heaven, 1863

St. Michael’s Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

“Yesterday for me Today for thee” 1754

St. Philip’s Cemetery,West

Charleston, South Carolina

Tempus Fugit, 1742

St. Philip’s Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Tempus Fugit and anchor, 1742

St. Philip’s Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Fallen Oak, 1856

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Portrait, 1700s

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Skull & Crossbones, 1769

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Angel, 1769

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Skull and wings, 1700s

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Portrait of deceased, 1700s

Circular Congregation Church Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

CEMETERY ART

Jim Morrison’s Grave

Photo above shows grave in 2008

At right the grave in July 1982 with a marble portrait bust.

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Croce-Spinelli et Sivel Grave

High-Altitude balloonists

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Croce-Spinelli et Sivel Grave

Scientists and lovers asphyxiated at 26,000 feet over India while conducting

high altitude experiments on April 15, 1875

Soldiers Grave

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Open book on a pillow

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Vacancy

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

D’Anatole de la Forge

Defender of St. Quetin, October 8, 1870

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Hands

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Man’s faithful friend

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

Paris

Interior of tomb

Passy Cemetery

Paris

Boy and his dog

Passy Cemetery

Paris

Birs on tomb

Passy Cemetery

Paris

Fallen aviators grave

Cimitero S. Michele in Isola

Venice

Aviator portrait

Cimitero S. Michele in Isola

Venice

Diaghilev tomb close up

Cimitero S. Michele in Isola

Venice

Priest

Beit Sahour Cemetery

Bethelehem

Man with Kaffiyeh

Beit Sahour Cemetery

Bethelehem

George Qumsieh

Beit Sahour Cemetery

Bethelehem

Snake Detail

Beit Sahour Cemetery

Bethelehem

Albert-Beloved pet of Harriett Bacon

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Philos Blake

Inventor of the corkscrew

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Old weathered stuffed bear

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Death head

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Head of Sphynx

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Anchor and Heaven

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Eli Whitney

of cotton gin and

interchangeable gun parts fame

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Noah webster

He wrote the dictionary!

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven, Connecticut

Alexander Hamilton

Trinity Cemetery

New York

Trinity Root

Trinity Cemetery

New York

Ship

Trinity Cemetery

New York

Robert Fulton

Trinity Cemetery

New York

John Watts

Last Royal Recorder of New York

Trinity Cemetery

New York

Trinity Root

Trinity Cemetery

New York

Trinity Root is a bronze sculpture by Steve Tobin cast from a sycamore that has stood in Trinity Churchyard for over 100 years. On September 11, 2001 the tree took the brunt of debris that fell from the twin towers and protected the church from damage. It also landed without destroying anything in its path. The Root is 10 feet tall.

Dalton Gang graves of Bob and Grat Dalton and Bill Power. The pipe was used by the gang to tie up their horses during the famous raid in 1892.

Elmwood Cemetery

Coffeyville, Kansas

Sculpture with summer hat 2008

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Praying Hands

Mt Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Deerly departed and anchor

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

San Rafael, California

Foot In God's Care

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

San Rafael, California

Woman with star

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

San Rafael, California

Headless statue

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

San Rafael, California

Gone Fishin

St. Mary’s Cemetery

Sacramento, California

Writing in the Book

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Contemplation

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Baby in Crib

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

The Broken Link

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Palmetto and Shield

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Knight and Shield

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Coat of Arms

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Hunley Crews Memorial

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Headless Woman

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

The Bird

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Pyramid

Magnolia Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

One Eyed Angel

Unitarian Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Memento Mori

Unitarian Cemetery

Charleston, South Carolina

Woman

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Confederate Grave

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Knight of Pythias Grave

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Johnny Mercer Grave

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Shrine Symbols

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Lillies and Candy Kiss

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Soldiers Grave

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Contemplation

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Anchor

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

The Finger

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Child Angels

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Profound Thought

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

Sculpture with summer hat 2009

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Is Bigger Better?

Rochester Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

American Angel

Rochester Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Painted Child

Rochester Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Eagle Holding a Ball

Topeka Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Abundance

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

Omaha, Nebraska

Hairnet

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

Omaha, Nebraska

Rodney Dangerfield

“There Goes The Neighborhood”

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Marilyn Monroe

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Dorothy Stratten

Murdered Playboy Playmate

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Farrah Fawcette

grave on the right

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Psychic Rita Kaslov

“$5 Palm Reading”

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Merv Griffin

“I Will Not Be Right Back

After This Message”

Westwood Cemetery

Los Angeles, California

Grave stone

Muslim Cemetery

East Jerusalem

Tomb

Muslim Cemetery

East Jerusalem

Tomb

Muslim Cemetery

East Jerusalem

Grave stone

Muslim Cemetery

East Jerusalem

Turkish Tomb

Jaffa Gate

Jerusalem

Sculpture with winter hat 2009

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

That’s Lee Harvey Oswald

Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park

Ft Worth, Texas

Black Hands & Viirgin

Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park

Ft Worth, Texas

Broken Pietå

San Juan Cemetery

San Antonio, Texas

Masons Graves

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Unknown Confederate Soldier

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Only Sleeping

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Aluminum Soldier Saluting

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

The Turning Angel

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Frederick A. Crone

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Rufus Case, buried in his rocking chair

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Louise the Unfortunate

Natchez Cemetery

Natchez, Mississippi

Brunswig Tomb

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bottinelli Tomb

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Crying dog, Masich Tomb

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bottinelli Tomb

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

West Tomb dogs

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Ochsner Tomb

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Stone Book Tombs

Metaire Cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana

Stone tree trunk

Port Gibson City Cemetery

Port Gibson, Mississippi

UCT suitcase chained

Salem Cemetery

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Grave of James A Reid’s severed foot

Lutheran Cemetery

Salisbury, North Carolina

Best Friends

Salem Cemetery

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Frank and his faithful dog

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Baby Shoes, Charles Hancock

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Chair with child’s hat and shoes

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Double twisted cross

St Patrick’s Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Leaning column

St Patrick’s Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Cinder block plot

St Patrick’s Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Double straight cross

St Patrick’s Cemetery

Butte, Montana

Wild Bill Hickok’s grave

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Deadwood, South Dakota

Calamity Jane’s grave

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Deadwood, South Dakota

Sculpture with summer hat 2011

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Topeka, Kansas

Rhino Tombstone

Fairview Cemetery

Liberty, Missouri

Original “Mark Twain” Cpt. Sellers

Bellefontaine Cemetery

St Louis, Missouri

Broken Hammer on Anvil

Woodland Cemetery

Quincy, Illinois

City Vault

Woodland Cemetery

Quincy, Illinois

Paul Revere’s Grave

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass

Mary Goose aka Mother Goose

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass

Skull with Crossbones

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass

Elizabeth Pain aka Hester Prynne

King’s Chapel Burial Ground

Boston, Mass

Memento Mori

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Boston, Mass

Angel

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Boston, Mass