Raised slabs mark a number of grave sites at Westminster, but none has garnered as much attention as this one. Once the subject of a "Ripley's Believe it or Not," this gravity-defying piece fo marble continues to fascinate.
This slab was originally part of a lot belonging to William Matthews (1753-1819), a merchant and Revolutionary War veteran.
Longtime Steward Reverened Bruce McDonald, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1925 until 1959, championed the care and preservation of the burying ground, and tirelessly promoted its historical significance.
Rev. Bruce McDonald inspecting a raised marble grave marker, Spetember 22, 1950
Joshua S. Cosden, photographer
1950, reprinted with the permission of the Baltimore Sun