Green-Wood has over 560,000 people interred in its ground. It also has tens of thousands of monuments and gravestones.
Not surprisingly, some of those monuments topple over every once in a while. And, when they do so, the grass will grow and they may disappear into the earth. In fact, since we started our Civil War Project in 2002, I know of about 20 monuments that cemetery workers have found and pulled out of the ground.
Here’s the latest. One of our grass trimmers was doing his job recently when something in the grass caught his eye. He looked closer and started to pull clumps of grass away. There it was: this cast zinc gravestone (we have several in this same pattern standing across the grounds) that, apparently, had toppled over and been covered by grass.