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Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City. Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

You probably saw the image of this gloomy angel more than once. This is the black angel named Haserot and here is his story.
A black statue of an angel stands in Oakland Cemetery, in Iowa City. It stands over the graves of three people: a woman, her husband and her son. This statue has a rather strange look. Most of the angels in the cemetery usually stand with their heads raised and their wings spread, symbolically striving for paradise. However, the wings of the black angel are not straightened and he looks to the ground … to hell.
The Black Angel also has a very grim expression, with cold, strange eyes and empty eyelids. Many people are nervous. Visitors to the cemetery often said that they feel uncomfortable in the immediate vicinity of the statue. They claim that they thought the statue was following them.

Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

Face of the statue. Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

Meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Teresa Dolezal Feldevert erected this statue of the Black Angel. Her 18-year-old son Eddie died in 1891 and she buried him in Oakland cemetery. Soon after, she married a man named Nicholas Feldevert. However, he tragically died several years later, in 1911. After his death, Teresa ordered a statue of a Black Angel and erected it over the body of her son and the ashes of her husband, in 1912.
According to legend, when she died in 1924, she was cremated and her ashes were buried under a statue. A terrible storm broke out at her funeral, a lightning struck the angel and the statue turned black. Some argue that Teresa Feldevert was a very wicked woman who killed her son and her husband.

The legend says that every year on Halloween, the Black Angel darkens even more, as a reminder of the people that Teresa killed. Meanwhile, another oddity is that there is no indication of the date of Teresa Feldevert’s death on the monument. Some people believe that her spirit settled in the statue. Unfortunately, there are a few unpleasant perceptions associated with this angel.
First, if you touch or look directly into the eyes of the Black Angel, a mysterious, incurable disease will struck you.
Second, according to legend, any girl kissed in the moonlight at the foot of the statue, will die within six months. Also, if you touch the statue of an angel at night on Halloween, then death will overtake you for seven years.
Moreover, if you kiss the angel on the lips, your heart will stop beating and you will die instantly. And anyone who attempts to destroy the statue will also be instantly killed.

In addition, there are many stories about people who touched the angel and subsequently died a terrible death. So, for example, there is a story about four guys who decided to check the truth of the legend. One night they entered the cemetery and in turn began to urinate on the monument, while they laughed and joked. In the evening of the same day, on the way home from the cemetery, they got into a terrible accident. All four died instantly.

Another story tells of a young man, who cut the angel’s thumb with a hacksaw. At night, he took out the darkened bronze finger of the statue from the cemetery as a trophy. Nobody has seen him alive since that. Meanwhile, according to some people, the man went crazy and his swollen corpse was later found in the Chicago River. The cause of death was strangulation and the only evidence in the case of his murder was a dark fingerprint on his neck. A few days later, a blackened piece of bronze in the form of a thumb was found lying at the base of the statue of the Black Angel.

Nevertheless, locals and visitors to Oakland’s cemetery often come to the statue at night to test their courage. Students at the Iowa State University are urging each other, offering to test fate and kiss or touch the statue.
Considered one of the most visited places in Iowa, the story of the curse of the Black Angel is passed on from mouth to mouth to this day.

Story behind Haserot Black Angel monument

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