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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oakwood Cemetery

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Main entrance of Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, MN, established 1863. The founding physicians of the Mayo Clinic are interred here in a very modest family plot along with 19,000 other souls. Oakwood Cemetery is located on high ground along the eastern bank of the Zumbro River. The shot below is one of three memorials that we found in the cemetery for individuals who donated their bodies to science. 
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This is my contribution for the Taphophile Tragics meme. Click the link to view more.
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13 comments:

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Interesting....nice really to have a tomb for people who donated their bodies. I would never have thought of it.

Randy said...

Looks more like a castle entrance.

VioletSky said...

I have never seen anything like that to recognize the donation of one's body to science. Far better to do it voluntarily than as was done in the 18th century!

cieldequimper said...

I agree with Randy!

Nicola Carpenter said...

Wow, how interesting.

La Principessa Errante said...

Fascinating and at the same time OMG. That gate is absolutely gorgeous.

Lowell said...

A great photo for the theme! I've not been to this cemetery...looks like it might be worth a visit the next time we're biking in that part of Minnesota.

Julie said...

Like a castle or not, I do like that imposing entrance.

It had not occurred to me prior to this, that, of course, if you donate your body to science, there is no burial. However, what happens to the bits of the body that scientists/doctors do not use for research? Are they just disposed of through a refuse service? Is there some sort of legal requirement? I really have no idea.

Thanks for this contribution to Taphophile Tragics, Barbara. It is much appreciated.

Francisca said...

An entrance to the castle in the sky? I'd like to leave my body to science, and, answering Julie, I don't care what they do with the bits, as long as it's environmentally sound... :-)

[It's hard to prove I'm not a robot when I can't read the words. :-( ]

Gemma Wiseman said...

Thoughts like Julie's were floating round my mind too! One memorial for what I imagine were many donations! Not even sure that i want to know the answers to what happened to those bodies once "used"! Fascinating post!

hamilton said...

Your cemetery gate is much more elaborate than mine, yet both from the mid 19thC and both still standing proud.

bfarr said...

For anyone stopping back or to future visitors, after them have exhausted the research possibilities, the remains are cremated. My great aunt is donating her body and the remains will be returned to the family.

Francisca said...

That would have been my guess, bfarr. Makes sense to cremate and return the ashes to family.

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