The Bigelow Sphinx - Watertown, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 22.396 W 071° 08.724
19T E 323361 N 4693450
Quick Description: The Bigelow Sphinx was was commissioned and funded by Dr. Jacob Bigelow to commemorate the end of the American Civil War. It is located in a landscaped circle along Cedar Avenue in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/19/2017 7:19:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMW01X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:

The Bigelow Sphinx is considered to be one of the most unusual Civil War monuments. A 6' high by 3' wide by 10' long sculpture of a sphinx with the face of an Anglo-American woman and the body of an African lion sits on a 5' by 5' by 15' base. The sculpture was commissioned by Dr. Jacob Bigelow and created by the famous Irish-American sculptor Martin Milmore. It was erected in Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1872.

On the right side of the base of the Bigelow Sphinx is the Latin inscription:

AMERICA CONSERVATA
AFRICAN LIBERATA
POPULO MAGNO ASURGENTE
HEROUM SANGUINE FUSO

On the left side of the base is the English equivalent:

AMERICAN UNION PRESERVED
AMERICAN SLAVERY DESTROYED
BY THE UPRISING OF A GREAT PEOPLE
BY THE BLOOD OF FALLEN HEROES

Date Installed or Dedicated: 1/1/1872

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Dr. Jacob Bigelow

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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