The Green-Wood Cemetery, one the truly great cemeteries in the United States, was founded in 1838, inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first cemetery in the United States designed in the rural cemetery style as a park-like setting with broad avenues and paths. Green-Wood Cemetery is nearly 500 acres and has over 600,000 burials within its gates.
The soaring Belleville brownstone gates were designed by Richard Upjohn and constructed in 1861. The gates are designed in the Gothic Revival style, characterized by pointed arches, steep roofs, and decorative elements such as gargoyles, pinnacles, and tracery.
John M. Moffitt sculpted New Testament scenes that include the Raising of Lazarus, the Biblical story that tells of Jesus raising Lazarus after he had been buried for four days (John 11:1-4).