Friday, October 9, 2009
Mr. Poe Gets A Funeral
One of America's most famous and most well loved authors is finally getting a proper funeral. Edgar Allan Poe died 160 years ago this Sunday after being found in the streets of Baltimore bedraggled, broke and raving mad. At the time of his death his cousin, Nielson Poe, neglected to tell anyone of the writer's passing and as a result Edgar Allan Poe's funeral was attended by only 10 people and the memorial service was said to have lasted only three minutes. On Sunday, October 11 2009 this injustice will be righted when a full funeral ceremony will commence starting with a wake at the writer's home (now a museum dedicated to him), an all night vigil at the burial site culminating with the carrying of a recreation of Poe's body in horse drawn carriage from his former home in Baltimore to the Westminster Burying Ground where over 700 fans and admirers are expected to be in attendance. Rest in peace Mr. Poe.