The Cemetery Committee and Concord Public Works is pleased to announce the completion of the restoration and preservation project for Mourning Victory, The Melvin Memorial, in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. This extensive restoration project began in August 2018, and included thoroughly cleaning the memorial, repointing the joints between the marble, filling small cracks and spalls, and replacing the three slate tablets all in an effort to improve its appearance and to protect this historic treasure for years to come. The existing slate tablets for the Melvin brothers had been damaged from the impact of our harsh New England weather, and have been replaced in a manner to better withstand these challenges. The slates are now more in keeping with the design of the originals, which used bronze lettering. We held a rededication ceremony on June 16, 2019 – 110 years after the original dedication, with many Melvin family members and local supporters in attendance.
These photos taken at the beginning and end of the project highlight the improvements that have been made to The Melvin Memorial.