Cemetery Art & Symbolism
Lakewood was founded in 1871 at the height of cemetery art in America. As decades have passed and hundreds of monuments and sculptures have been erected, Lakewood has become an outdoor museum presenting diverse religious and cultural symbolism reflecting both our local community and the times.
Memorial art popular during the Victorian era (and prominent at Lakewood) used a language of symbols to speak to visitors about the culture, values and identity of the monument’s patron. Because of changes in memorial ritual and style over the years, some of the meanings behind symbols are no longer commonly known today.
For more about symbolism, take a self-guided walking tour.
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The Lakewood Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that funds the preservation and restoration of our landscape, art, architecture and public spaces, and helps make our educational programming more accessible.
We welcome donations from anyone interested in maintaining this precious place—for the benefit of all.