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Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithson, James 1765-1829  Search this
United States Marine Corps  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Genoa (Italy)
Date:
1904
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Military cortege accompanies James Smithson's remains from the Washington Navy Yard to the Smithsonian, on January 23, 1904. This image shows the Marine caisson as it makes its way with procession of individuals on foot, on horses, and horse and carriage. James Smithson (c.1765-1829) died in Genoa, Italy, and was buried there. However, after the turn of the century, the Smithsonian was notified that the graves were to be moved to allow quarrying on the cemetery site. Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel traveled to Italy to oversee the disinterrment of Smithson's remains and their transportation to the Institution in Washington, D.C., that his bequest created.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 56, Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Benefactors  Search this
Memorials  Search this
Smithson, James--Death and burial  Search this
Smithson family  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Horses  Search this
Carriages, Caisson  Search this
Coffins  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
82-3337
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9690