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Submitted by congress_congdb on January 14, 2010 - 11:52am
Congressional Cemetery is home to 165 "cenotaphs" that honor members of Congress who died in office during the first several decades of the nation's history. Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who was then working on the new south wing of the Capitol, these identical Aquia Creek sandstone cenotaphs reflected the classical inspiration that was shaping the city plan and its new Capitol building. They were a marked departure from the typical shape and size of early American gravestones, which were generally colonial-type tablets.
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