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MEDIA ADVISORY: Graveside Commemoration of Mr. Johns Hopkins Marks 144th Anniversary of his Death

December 21, 2017

To: Reporters, editors, producers
From: Dennis O’Shea
dro@jhu.edu | 443-997-9912 (o) | 410-499-7460 (m)

Johns Hopkins employees, alumni, students and friends will attend the annual graveside observance honoring the founder of the university and health system, Mr. Johns Hopkins.

The ceremony normally takes place on Dec. 24, the anniversary of Mr. Hopkins’ death in 1873. Because this Christmas Eve is a Sunday, the event this year will instead occur at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Mr. Hopkins’ grave in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery.

Mr. Hopkins left $7 million in his will to establish a university and hospital in Baltimore that revolutionized higher education and health care and evolved into today’s worldwide Johns Hopkins institutions. His gift was, at the time, the largest bequest in the nation’s history. It was the foundation for all that the institutions named for him have done.

The 19th consecutive observance will be led by university Vice President and Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones. It will include informal remembrances of Mr. Hopkins and presentation of a memorial wreath.

The speakers will represent Civic Works, the Baltimore nonprofit organization that currently occupies – and is restoring – Clifton Mansion, which was Mr. Hopkins’ summer home.

Mr. Hopkins’ obituary, published in the Dec. 25, 1873, Baltimore Sun, is online.

Johns Hopkins staff, faculty, alumni and friends gathered by the Hopkins family plot at Green Mount Cemetery for the 2016 observance.

Logistics: To reach the Hopkins family grave site, enter the cemetery’s main gate at 1501 Greenmount Ave., about five blocks south of North Avenue; drive straight up the hill, park near the crest, and look for the gathering to the right. For information, contact Dennis O’Shea.

Afterwards: Civic Works has invited participants to come after the observance to Mr. Hopkins’ former home, Clifton, now Civic Works’ headquarters and the centerpiece of Baltimore’s Clifton Park. Guests may take a short tour of the mansion and view its decorations and Christmas tree gallery. Clifton is at 2701 St. Lo Drive, less than 2 miles from Green Mount Cemetery.


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