Little Gracie, Bonaventure Cemetery

Gracie Watson (1883-1889)

Little Gracie is perhaps the most famous sculpture in Bonaventure, rivaled only by the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-related “Bird Girl”, now residing in the Telfair Academy. This inscription, on a tablet nearby, explains her appeal: Little Gracie Watson was born in 1883, the only child of her parents. Her father was manger of the Pulaski House, one of Savannah’s leading hotels, where the beautiful and charming little girl was a favorite with the guests. Two days before Easter in April 1889, Gracie died of pneumonia at the age of six. In 1890, when the rising sculptor, John Walz, moved to Savannah, he carved from a photograph this life-sized, delicately detailed marble statue, which for almost a century has captured the interest of all passersby.


National Register of Historic Places

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