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Unidentified grave at the Grove Street cemetery. Although the headstone is unidentified, I think this inscription is more powerful than strangers' names. The cemetery is the first chartered graveyard in the U.S. and first to feature family plots, opened in 1797.

Grove Street is an urban cemetery. Its geometrical pattern echoes the nine squares of the city. The paths give easy access to horse-drawn vehicles and automobiles. It allows no room for a grove of trees: space for burial sites is maximized. In addition to trees, shrubs and flowers, extraordinarily varied markers from obelisks to sarcophagi to the simplest grave stone decorate the cemetery. The history of New Haven with its many themes, crises and accomplishments can be traced in Grove Street Cemetery.

Among the internationally renowned persons interred here are Eli Whitney, inventor; Noah Webster, lexicographer; Josiah Willard Gibbs, Jr., scientist; Lyman Beecher, abolitionist and prohibitionist; O.C. Marsh, paleontologist and Lars Onsager, Nobel Prize winner. Persons important to American life are numerous: Roger Sherman, the only person to have signed all four basic documents of American sovereignty including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; Walter Camp, father of American football; Jedidiah Morse, father of American geography (and of S.E.B. Morse, painter and telegraph inventor) and Dr. Worthington Hooker, father of American medical ethics.


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- sharpening and slight contrast of headstone
- desaturation of background (all colors except some red/yellow)

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