I have a book, "Weird Maryland" by Matt Lake, which contains various legends about the state.One concerns Black Aggie, which is "a cemetery sculpture that is dark in both color and mood."There are many legends concerning this statue.
"The actual history of the dark statue is in many ways just as interesting as the legends that surround it.After the Civil War, a rising star of the Union army, General Felix Agnus, married Annie Fulton, the nurse who had tended his wounds during the war.The couple settled in her hometown of Baltimore.His distringuished military record won him a successful government career, from which he eventually retired to take over as publisher of his father-in-law's newspaper, the 'Baltimore American."
"In 2905, at thge age of sixty-five, Agnus purchased a bronze statue called 'Grief' from a local artis named Eduard Pausch and installed it at the family plot he had just bought at Druid Ridge Cemetery, a few miles outside Pikesville.The first person to be furied in the shadow of this dark statue of a grieving angel was his mother."
"Then, a year later, the widow of the famous sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens accused Agnus of being a 'barbarian' for so poorly copying her husband's work.Agnus was indignant at the accusation, but he soon discovered that the woman was right: His statue was an unauthorized casting of a famous statue by Augustus St. Gaudens, which stood in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Cemetery.This statue had been commissioned twenty years earlier by Henry Adams, the grandson of John Quincy Adams, to commemorate his wife Marian Adams, who had poisoned herself during a bout of depression.It stood near Marian's plot, but it was unmarked, and Henry Adams never spoke about it or his beloved wife."
"Agnus sued the sculptor Pausch, who had advertised the statue as an original work.Although Agnus won the suit, he chose to keep the statue where it was.Within twenty years, Felix and Annie Agnus were buried in the shadow of the statue."
I am not researching these people, just thought relatives might me interested in this information.