November 29, 2009

Funeral for Edgar

To celebrate the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, the city of Baltimore had several events to honor the macabre poet. Events included a recreation of Poe's funeral, including a viewing of his body, and a funeral procession to the Westminster graveyard.

The viewing would be incomplete without a body, so a man named Eric Supensky using photographs and a marble bust for reference, made a realistic body of Edgar Allan Poe out of latex rubber.

At the funeral there were actors, to protray Poe's various friends, and family. Speakers at his funeral included, Sarah Helen Whitman (former fiancĂ©e), George Lippard (friend from Philadelphia), George Rex Graham (editor, Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine), and Nathanial Parker Willis (friend).

When I heard of this I thought "What an awesome way to honor Poe." I just wish I could have seen the events myself.

Check out these websites for more info:
Poe Bicentennial
Nevermore 2009
You Tube Video of the funeral

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