Episode 88: The Mystery of the Hereafter: Black Aggie

Cemetery memorials are synonymous with gothic horror. Dark, haunting and beautiful they capture the imagination of those who wander in their midst. Chances are, though, if you are wandering through a cemetery, you’re likely to ponder the kinds of thoughts that belong there: life, death, and the things that slip in between. One particularly notorious memorial statue was the Agnus Memorial. This sculpture was so imposing that the locals in Baltimore took to making up dark tales of its metaphysical misdeeds and gave ‘her’ the nickname ‘Black Aggie’. What inspired these stories? More importantly, what inspired her creation? Join us this week for a tale of intrigue, artistry, love and grief; as we explore the tragic history of Henry and Clover Adams, and the monument that went on to have a life all life of its own.

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The Story of Pygmalion from Ovid’s Metamorphoses Translated by Rolfe Humphries (1954)

College Virgin Lore – Snopes

Legend holds the figures in Statuary Hall dance on New Year’s Eve – The Hill

Haunted House On The Hill – CBS

‘Black Aggie’: From Baltimore to Washington – Washington Post

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture – NPS


Cloaked in Mystery – The Washington Post

Adams Memorial – Smithsonian American Art Museum

Clover Adams – Civil War Women

A Haunting in Washington Through an Artist’s Eyes: The Mystery of the Adams Memorial

The Third Mind – American Artists Contemplate Asia – Guggenheim

Who was Marian “Clover” Hooper Adams? – Massachusetts Historical Society

A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life – BU Today

Augustus Saint Gaudens by C Lewis Hind

American Masters – Augustus Saint-Gaudens – PBS

American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American … edited by Christopher R. Fee, Jeffrey B. Webb

Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery By Cynthia Mills

The Strange History of “Eternal Silence,” Graceland’s “Statue of Death”

Inez Clarke, the Haunted Statue of Graceland Cemetery


Josie Arlington – Storyville

Henry Brooks Adams Marian Hooper “Clover” Adams


The Missing Pages Natalie Dykstra’s Biography of Clover Adams – NYT

Guide to the Saint-Gaudens Estate in Cornish New Hampshire

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture on WXXI-TV

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