NOTABLE-BURIALS: Notable Women


Mary Engle Pennington

Mary Engle Pennington

d. December 27th 1952 • Location: G, 266

The modern world owes a lot to Mary Engle Pennington, bacteriologist and refrigeration engineer. Working as the first female lab chief for the Food Research Laboratory (predecessor of the FDA), she se…

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Laura Matilda Towne

Laura Matilda Towne

d. February 22nd 1901 • Location: 7, 77-80

Towne was an educator, abolitionist and homeopathic physician from Pittsburgh. At the outbreak of the Civil War she moved to South Carolina and opened the first school for freed slaves with her friend…

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Sarah Josepha Hale

Sarah Josepha Hale

d. April 30th 1879 • Location: X, 61

Editor of Godey’s Lady Book, a crusader for women’s medical education, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the person chiefly credited with establishing Thanksgiving as a na…

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Mercy Carlisle

Mercy Carlisle

d. October 21st 1836 • Location: E, 1

The first burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Carlisle was a Quaker woman who planned her own interment. A thin marble marker was placed on her grave originally, but deteriorated over time; this monument …

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