Forgotten and Nameless


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Forgotten and Nameless

The deserted Wagar Cemetery offers little solace to visitors, but many stones still tell the stories of those buried here. This photo was taken in 1928.

For Mars Wagar's grandson, "God's Acre" remained, in 1938, a burden. The land could not be used until all bodies were removed and buried elsewhere. The cemetery remained silent and would not give up the secrets of its inhabitants; there was no register for the graves that had become the target of vandals and neglect. Since the bodies could not be identified, the graves could not be relocated. The cemetery remained still for another twenty years while the little hamlet of Lakewood continued to grow into a thriving city in desperate need of more and more space.

Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections


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