Weeping Angel - Angel Band LbNA # 53420
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||May 8 2010|
|Last Update||Oct 4 2015|
Note: This box went missing from its original hiding place, so the stamp has been recarved (slightly different with the left hand replaced) and the box relocated. The clues now reflect the new location...Oct. 1, 2010.
My Mother’s favorite song was an old spiritual called “Angel Band” and every time I visit this cemetery, I’m reminded of that song. This is not a sad place, but a beautiful place of peace and hope. I walk among the wooded hills, recognizing names of governors and Texas heroes, the rich and the famous, but every time I look up, I see an angel, one of a Band of Angels that stand guard here, and I sing to myself the lyrics of the old song: “O come, Angel Band, come and around me stand” and I am at peace. My favorite of the Glenwood Angels isn’t standing though, she is kneeling and weeping for the loss of a mortal, or maybe offering a prayer to heaven for his soul, and even that simple act brings peace to this place. This Weeping Angel is a marble sculpture, clearly the creation of a master’s hand, that kneels at the Hill family plot. We’re not sure of the name of the sculptor; some think it may have been the work of Pompeo Coppini, done while serving apprenticeship with Frank Teich, or it might have been done by Teich himself. After all, a very similar Angel presides over the Youree grave in Scottsville Cemetery near Marshall, and it is signed by Frank Teich and, therefore, attributed to him. (See my letterbox called “Grief”). Nor do we know much about the Hill family. E. P. Hill was an attorney, born in 1839 in Georgia, and there are stone markers with the given names of relatives, probably wife and children: Mary, Bessie, Abby and Pinkney. I could find no more information, but they must have been an important family in early Houston to deserve this spot and to afford this monument. This place is a haven, flanked by the big city and freeways on one side and the rundown neighborhood on the other, but you’ll feel safe here, watched over by the Angel Band.
Directions: This box is located at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas. The address is 2525 Washington Avenue. When you drive into the main gate, keep right and drive straight ahead to the road that leads to Washington Cemetery. At that intersection, look left and you will see the Weeping Angel, with the family name “Hill” sculpted into it. Park your car by the side of the road and walk to the Angel. Until recently, the left hand was missing, but has been replaced.
To the box:
When you have admired the Angel, walk back along the street in the direction of the entrance gate, about 100 steps. Look to your left and walk between the Gearing and Scholibo markers, past the Sanders grave, keeping the hedge on your right to the long brick wall. Go behind the wall to a medium size tree on the left, 10 feet behind the wall. The Angel Band should be at the base of that tree under a chunk of concrete.