John Tobey marker, 1951, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author.

John Tobey has a marker about a meter from this wonderful, wonderful concrete cross with embedded marbles at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. There is nothing else nearby, so I assume the cross was made for his grave.

John Tobey plaque, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author.

I infer that the plaque’s single date is meant to be read as a birth and death day, though nothing substantial backs up my guess. The marbles motif certainly works for a child, and as a homespun method of adding color to a concrete cross we might not press it too hard in thinking about the age of the dead child commemorated.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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