Three Virtues

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The Sanger Family monument in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago was designed by Chicago architects George R. and Arthur R. Dean. The elegant and thin bronze mourning figure on the face of the truncated polished dark gray granite pyramid was sculpted by Leon Hermant (1866–1936), a French-American sculptor noted for his architectural sculptures throughout the Chicago area. The French Government awarded Hermant the Legion d’honneur in 1928 for his Louis Pasteur Monument in Grant Park, at Chicago.

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In this monument, the central feature is the female figure in a gesture of contemplative prayer leaning forward whose slender body forms the bottom portion of the Celtic cross.

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The medallions on the cross represent three virtues:

Faith

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Hope

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and Charity.

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