Benz Monument, St. Michael’s Cemetery

The original pictures that went with this article went missing when the server that hosted them shut down. These pictures are from September of 2022.

A fine example of the mid-Victorian marble monument, and very well preserved: the industrial atmosphere of Pittsburgh in its full-tilt hell-with-the-lid-off phase was generally not kind to marble. As with many of the older monuments in St. Michael’s, a German Catholic cemetery, it bears inscriptions in German. (But an inscription from after World War I is in English.)

The Nusser monument in the South Side Cemetery is identical, except that there is also an ornate pinnacle; perhaps this one has lost its top.

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