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Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

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#32 of 34 in Historic Sites in Chicago
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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 had just read about the Eastland Disaster in the Chicago River in 1915 and was motivated to visit the tombs of some of the dead. There is a memorial in section 16 that merits a visit. In that very.....  more »
  • Cemeteries are kind my thing. This one is beautiful with a lot of history. You can get a map at the front desk so you can see the point of interest. Definitely a must see. Wear comfortable shoes...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful, restful place. Old monuments, shady trees, geese, alot of history. I love going to visit my family there.
  • I went to see where my grandfather is buried and there was confusion where he was. The staff went overboard to help unravel a family mystery. The language and cultural differences need to be accounted for but the staff truly do care.

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