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This is the grave of Mary Ann Lee. Born in 1823 in Philadelphia, Lee became one of the first American ballet dancers, if the claim is more debatable than her gravestone suggests. After all, her dances were not solo shows. It’s not clear to me how she got into ballet dancing, but Paul Hazard of […]
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This is the grave of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery sometime around February 1818 on a plantation in Talbot County, Maryland, Douglass, like most slaves, could only guess at his actual age. His father was a white man who had raped his mother, as was an everyday occurrence under slavery. His mother died when he […]
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This is the grave of Sarah Bernhardt. Born Henriette Bernard in Paris in 1844, Bernhardt was the daughter of a Jewish courtesan. The courtesan was a significant part of 19th century France, effectively high-end prostitutes engaging in long-term affairs with very wealthy men, often minor royalty from the many royal houses of Europe that still […]
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This is the grave of Lee Marvin. Born in 1924 in New York City, Marvin grew up in a well-off family. His father was an advertising executive and his mother a fashion writer. His parents however were all-in on the romanticizing of the Confederates who committed treason in defense of slavery; his name of “Lee” […]
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