A simultaneously charming and disturbing image, this black and white poster shows a headless Victorian statue of a little girl, who holds flowers gathered in her skirt. The perfect creepy art piece to add understated horror to your dorm room, Halloween decorations, Gothic home decor, or other dark aesthetic. Photographed in Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery.
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This statue in Asheville's Riverside Cemetery marks the grave of Lucile Francis, who died at 7 years old.
Beneath the statue, an epitaph reads:
Daughter of R.L. & M.A. Francis.
Born April 9, 1894
Died October 2, 1901
Too fair for Earth she
Plumed her wings for Heaven.
Lucile was the first child of her parents, Robert and Margaret Francis, which must have made her loss especially difficult.
She also left behind a younger brother, Robert, who was 5 years old at the time. Three years after Lucile’s death, her parents welcomed twins, Margaret and William.
Lucile’s siblings all fared better than she, living into their elder years.
As for the statue, I haven’t been able to find out when it lost its head.
It may have been vandalized along with the statue of Fannie Jackson Reynolds, which is also beheaded. (See Desecration 1.)