The Staurogram Cross

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HARRIET TYLER

WIFE OF

ROBERT STRETTLE JONES

FISHER

BORN WILMINGTON VERMONT

OCTOBER 21 1839

DIED

OCTOBER 16 1905

The cross surrounded by lilies at the top of this round-top gravestone in the Rock Creek Cemetery at Washington, D.C., is called a Staurogram or monogram cross. The cross is a combination of two symbols—the tau “T” and the rho “P”. The combination of symbols was a form of early Greek shorthand for the word “cross”. These two symbols were imbued with meaning—the tau referred to salvation and the rho represented Christ the Messiah.

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