By Rosie Grant
This fall Congressional Cemetery launched its exhibition page on Google Arts & Culture. Google Arts & Culture is an online platform of high-resolution images of cultural artifacts from cultural organizations throughout the world. It lets people tour our “collections” of graves through galleries to explore the lives of some of the people buried here.
The platform includes advanced search capabilities and educational tools. Scroll down the page to learn about some of our famous residents including J. Edgar Hoover, Mary Fuller, and John Philip Sousa. You can also learn the details about some fascinating people in Washington, DC history including socialite Marguerite DuPont Lee and political spokesman Tyrone Gayle.
Congressional is one of the first cemeteries to join the platform and now displays 150, and growing, graves in the cemetery. You can also browse a series of exhibitions featuring tours of parts of our cemetery. Our LGBTQ tour is the first to be launched, with several others coming later this fall. In the LGBTQ exhibition, click through to learn about some of our famous residents including Walt Whitman’s lover Peter Doyle, “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” Alain Locke, and gay rights activist Leonard Matlovich.