The Elephant Man's mother gets new headstone in Leicester


Blackleaf
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The Elephant Man's mother has got a headstone on her grave in Leicester.

Mary Jane Merrick's family were unable to afford a headstone for her when she died in 1873.

A group dedicated to keeping her son's memory alive organised the event at Welford Road Cemetery.

Her son's name, Joseph, has also been inscribed on the headstone.

Jeanette Sitton, founder of the Friends of Joseph Merrick, said: "This gravestone will finally allow floral tributes to be laid in a cemetery, in his name, on his mother's grave."

Joseph Merrick - the Elephant Man - died at The London Hospital in April 1890 aged 27.

Elephant Man's mother gets headstone in Leicester

10 May 2014
BBC News


Tragic: Joseph Merrick suffered from a rare bone disorder which left him disfigured

A new memorial headstone has been unveiled on the Leicester grave of the mother of Joseph Merrick, who became known as the Elephant Man.

The family of Mary Jane Merrick were unable to afford a headstone when she died in 1873.

A group dedicated to keeping her son's memory alive organised the event at Welford Road Cemetery.

Joseph Merrick died in 1890 at the age of 27. His name has also been inscribed on the gravestone.

Merrick, who suffered from a rare bone disorder, spent four years at a Leicester workhouse before he persuaded a showman to exhibit him.

He was dubbed the Elephant Man before being rescued by London surgeon Frederick Treves.

Merrick's bones are stored at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Jeanette Sitton, founder of the Friends of Joseph Merrick, said: "This gravestone will finally allow floral tributes to be laid in a cemetery, in his name, on his mother's grave."

The group says it is committed to educating people across the world about Merrick's life and legacy of courage, to increase tolerance of people with disabilities.


Mary Jane Merrick is buried at the Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester

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Merrick in 1888 whilst living in The London Hospital in Whitechapel

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Last edited by Blackleaf; May 17th, 2014 at 09:06 AM..
 
EagleSmack
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Mary Jane Merrick is buried at the Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester

Wow... they pack them in tight. Do they bury them sideways?
 
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