Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

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Bohemian National Cemetery is a cemetery at 5255 North Pulaski Road on the north side of Chicago, Illinois.HistoryThe cemetery was established by members of Chicago's Czech community in 1877. The community had been outraged when a Czech Catholic woman named Marie Silhanek was denied burial at several Catholic cemeteries in Chicago because she supposedly never made her Easter Duty (going to confession and Holy Communion at least once during the Easter season), which is incumbent on all Catholics, even today. In response, the Czechs purchased land in what was then Jefferson Township to create a cemetery that would be under their control. The original plot of land was 50acre. Over the years, the cemetery expanded to 126acre.The cemetery was notably featured in the 1998 film U.S. Marshals. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.Major featuresBohemian National Cemetery is known for its limestone gatehouse and its highly decorated columbarium niches, which contain photographs, artwork, flags, and other mementos of the individuals whose ashes are stored there. Czech-American military veterans are honored through an American Civil War memorial, a Spanish–American War memorial, and a World Wars memorial, which were dedicated in 1889, 1926, and 1952, respectively. The cemetery also boasts two sculptures by Albin Polasek, who headed the sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago. They are called Mother and Pilgrim.
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  • I visited this cemetery during a flashlight tour. Our guide volunteers all his time here and is extremely respectful to those buried here as well as the families of the dead. He taught us a lot about ...  more »
  • This cemetery has more victims of the Eastland disaster than any place in Chicago, and has one of the finest collections of funerary art in the country. The gatehouse, which contains the restrooms, ha...  more »
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  • My family (on my mother's side) has been interred here since early 1900s. It is good to be able to visit my forebears in quiet, beautiful surroundings in the middle of the busy city. Eventually my husband and I will join them-it gives us peace.
  • Good cemetery... Affordable... Rip to all those that have past and buried there.... God give my mom a high place in heaven

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