At 1 p.m. today, a wreath will be laid at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe in honor of the 162nd anniversary of the great poet's death in Baltimore. The author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" died at age 40 on Oct. 7, 1849.
The grave site is downtown in the Westminster Burying Ground, at the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets near University of Maryland Hospital.
The wreath and brief comments are courtesy of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Anyone is welcome to bring flowers to pay tribute to the man who wrote, among other classics, "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "MS. in A Bottle," and "Hop-Frog."
The ceremony will be followed at 2 p.m. by a free lecture in the Edgar Allan Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street by Dr. Elaine Hartnell-Mottram of Liverpool Hope University in Great Britain.
Harntell-Mottram will deliver the 89th Poe Society of Baltimore lecture in a paper titled: “The Power and the Story: Edgar Allan Poe and the Gothic of the Normal."
For more information, visit the web site of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.