Bonaventure Cemetery’s Hartmann Sisters Statue is probably one of the most asked about by visitors to Bonaventure and one of the most overlooked at the same time.
Sculptor John Walz devoted a number of statues to the Hartmann family plot, but there are few statues more iconic than the monument placed here commonly called “The Hartmann Twins.” This has become misleading as the two sisters never knew each other but sculptor John Walz represents them cuddling as if they had been close in life. The sisters are depicted on top of either an inverted baptismal basin, child’s wash-tub or possibly a child’s crib. The inversion of the object is to show the close of a life. Watch the video on our page or check out our YouTube Channel, BonaventureTVThe Hartmann Sisters
Also this monument is in need of serious cleaning and other preservation! If interested in sponsoring a cleaning of it, please contact The City of Savannah Cemetery Department’s Preservation Coordinator Sam Beetler at 912-651-6772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you’d like to know more about how to help this rare, precious and endangered monument!
Copyright Shannon Scott (C) 2015
(Listen To Shannon Recite This Poem)
Oh Memory Maker…
Won’t you come take her?
Far, far from the memories we’ve made?
For then I might forget her
And we’d be all the better.
Once more resting in the shade.
For a half finished city was built towards a life of fun.
We stood together and named it “LUMUKU”* and life there had begun.
Scholars, artists and scribes ready to make art of it in the sun.
Then one day it all went away.
I woke up and found the city had been closed.
For repair or a lifetime of delay?
I do not know Memory Maker
For the sign she made did not say.
It just read, “Go Away Go Away!”
Leaving me wondering was it for real or had it all been a play?
I do not know Memory Maker for she has yet to say.
So I sit here idle, outside this shut down town of two hearts.
Oh worry not — Love is here with me, our old friend in these arts.
No truer two had been nor since found
Now awaiting the return of she their three.
Love spies me mumbling,
“We can all live together Memory Maker..”
“We were such good company..”
“You’ll see.. you’ll see.”
(Funny, all I wanted was to lay down beside her like some lazy spider and laugh for a lifetime flicking rubberbands at the trees.)
*LUMUKU = Love U Miss U Kiss U