Everlasting Stone Coffin
In Mount Hope Cemetery, here lies Solomon Levy. I visited the cemetery at night, and there were many graves that I stopped to look at while walking around but this particular one stood out to me. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that his “tombstone’ was a stone coffin, draped with a stone “blanket”, sporting lion’s feet atop a platform. The grave reveals that he was born in Germany on September 29, 1826, and died December 28, 1898. The intriguing part, however, was the chosen inscription displayed:
THE SWEET REMEMBRANCE
OF THE JUST
WHEN INGRATES SLEEP IN DUST
Someone clearly took the time to carve out such a majestic and ominous gravesite for Solomon to rest in. A quick look online reveals that there are numerous pictures on the internet of Solomon Levy’s monument. According to Hess in In digital remembrance: vernacular memory and the rhetorical construction of web memorials, “memorials serve an agenda-setting function by their presence”. He points out that the very existence of the text calls attention to itself, and that’s what happens with Levy’s memorial monument.
I would say that it suggests that Levy was a just person, and that those who wronged him will sleep in dust while he will live on forever. I feel that society as a whole today would agree with this statement about themselves. However, there isn’t much known about him from looking at his tomb- was he a beloved son, husband, father? Or was the fact that he was “just” enough to remember him by? The engraver at the time may have thought exactly just that. Perhaps the lack of detail on this unique site draws visitors in.