January 19, 2006

Roses and Cognac

For the past 57 years, on January 19, a man has slipped inside a graveyard in Baltimore to pay tribute to Edgar Allan Poe on the writer’s birthday. The man leaves roses and a bottle of cognac on Poe’s grave and then slips back into the night. Despite the efforts of the curious to discover the man and his identity this year, Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum, managed to keep spectators away and the ceremony free from interference. According to AP reports, Jerome has seen the mystery visitor every January 19 since 1976.

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