This cemetery doesn’t have big names like Lake View Cemetery does (President Garfield) but it’s still packed with important people and tons of history. Joseph W. Briggs is buried here, he instituted free home mail delivery in Cleveland. Briggs claimed he thought of home delivery during the winter of
1862-1863 while watching how women, coming for letters from
soldiers, were exposed to the cold while waiting in line. John Patterson Green is also buried here, he was the first African-American elected to office in Cleveland. He’s considered the “father of Labor Day”, after introducing the bill that established Labor Day as a state holiday.
This huge pile of stone is what was the original gatehouse that welcomed visitors for 125 years. It’s clearly in absolutely disrepair now. I actually had no idea what it was when I found it. Kind of thought it was a pile of broken headstones. It’s going to apparently taken $1.5 million to rebuild it.