josie arlington

Metairie Cemetery
New Orleans, Lousiana
3.15.12

From Wikipedia:  

Josie Arlington - The Storyville Madam.  Arlington died in 1914 and was buried at Metairie Cemetery, in a tomb designed by Albert Weiblen. The famous grave features a bronze female figure which has been said to leave its post at the door of the monument and walk around the other graves. The grave quickly became a tourist attraction, which left Arlington’s family mortified.  The body was later moved to another location within the same cemetery.

The monument still stands, and deceased members of the Morales family are now held within it. The bronze female figure is thought to symbolize a virginal girl being turned away from the Arlington door, following Arlington’s claim in life that no woman’s innocence was taken on the grounds of her establishment.

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