Generation by Elizabeth Gleason Thompson

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Generation by Elizabeth Gleason Thompson is a 1979 sculpture that commemorates the hundreds of people buried at the free “potter’s field” of St. Anthony Township, now St. Anthony Village. While many of the tombstones have sunk into the ground, been removed or have crumbled away, this sculpture serves as enduring figure of the history of this acre of land.

From the dedication plaque:

The St. Anthony Township Cemetery, of “Potter’s Field,” was founded by Lewis Stone on July 14, 1853, to “be used exclusively for the uses of the public as a common and free burying ground forever and never to be used for any other purpose whatever.”

Elizabeth White, wife of Lewis Stone, died at the age of 54 years and 6 months. She was buried in this acre of former homestead farm and her tombstone lies north of this sculpture.

“Generation” commemorates the hundreds of persons buried here in one of the oldest cemeteries in Hennepin County.

This sculpture, by Elizabeth Gleason Thompson, was commissioned by the City of St. Anthony and made with the help of Girl Scout Troop 1586, the Raymond Haik family and others from the community. July 1979.

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