Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was a master of early Victorian horror and detective literature, and one of my favorite authors. His works include “The Raven,” “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and many more. When he died penniless in 1849, he was buried in an unmarked grave in the Westminster Presbyterian Church cemetery.
His fans raised funds, and architect George A. Frederick designed a monument for Poe in 1871, and it was dedicated in 1875. Poe was exhumed and reburied near the front of the churchyard. In 1913, a man named Orrin C. Painter placed another stone marking Poe’s original burial site.