Clark Monument, Bellefontaine Cemetery

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Tons of history abound in the precincts of the William Clark grave.

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While William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is interred here, so are many of his relatives.

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Of particular interest to me was the grave of Seddie Clark, who was the daughter of George Rogers Hancock Clark, who himself was the son of William.

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She died tragically, and is buried close to the road. But looking closer, there is a small caraffe of wine, like the type you can buy for $2 at the checkout line of a liquor store, sitting on the grave. There is no explanation, and it was later removed by staff.

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But it gets more interesting; I went back with my friend Jeff since we were in the neighborhood, and the same type of wine glass had returned.

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The laurel wreath being placed over the cross is intriguing to me. In the ancient world, a laurel wreath was a symbol of victory, so is the wreath on the cross a symbol of Christ’s triumph over death?

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