WILLLIAM BLAKE GETS A GRAVESTONE 200 YEARS ON

Aug 14, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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Almost 200-years after he died, British poet and artist William Blake final resting place is finally marked with a gravestone.

Despite his influence today, Blake died in obscurity in 1827 and was buried in an unmarked common grave in a London cemetery.

After two years of research and some painstaking work, two Blake devotees found the grave and the Blake Society began fundraising for a new memorial to mark the spot. They raise $38,000 through internet funding and have now installed a stone with reads “Here lies William Blake, 1757-1827, Poet, Artist, Prophet.”

Nick Duncan, a trustee of the Blake Society said in a release, “It matters that we recognize those who have contributed to our cultural heritage, and no creative genius has influenced people to the extraordinary extent as William Blake and at Blake lovers from all over the world will have a point of pilgrimage.”

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