Mary McLeod Bethune

Statue: Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) Location: Lincoln Park, 12th and East Capitol Streets, SE Dedication: July 10, 1974, 10:30am Sculptor: Robert Berks Cost to Taxpayer: $0, $100,000 raised and contributed by the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) On July 10, 1974, on what would have been Mary Bethune’s … Continue reading “Mary McLeod Bethune”

John Edgar Hoover

John Edgar Hoover, former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is buried in Congressional Cemetery near his family’s plot at site R20/117.  He died on May 2, 1972. There is a fence and a bench that carry the FBI seal that were donated by former FBI agents. J. Edgar Hoover was born on New … Continue reading “John Edgar Hoover”


A cenotaph is an “empty tomb” or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. The history of Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003) begins around the beginning … Continue reading “Cenotaphs”