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WALT WHITMAN'S FRIENDS MARK HIS GRAVE ON CENTENNIAL OF HIS DEATH

 WALT WHITMAN'S FRIENDS MARK HIS GRAVE ON CENTENNIAL OF HIS DEATH
 CAMDEN, N.J., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, March 26, precisely 100 years from the day of his death, many admiring friends and supporters of Walt Whitman will assemble at his gravesite, historic Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, to unveil a granite marker offering tribute to the great American poet.
 Joan Wilmarth, president of the Walt Whitman Association, said the circumstances behind the handsome jet black granite memorial "are typical of the outpouring of admiration for Whitman on the centennial of his passing." She said the public is invited to the unveiling ceremonies from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on the Harleigh grounds, Haddon Avenue.
 She noted that the City of Camden, the State of New Jersey and many other public and private entities are supporting a number of centennial activities, including a City Hall commemoration ceremony, a special two-month poetry reading series, and the reopening of the poet's Mickle Boulevard home.
 "The creation of this thoughtful marker," she said, "is representative of the many dedicated Whitman supporters who are unexpectedly appearing to help honor his memory."
 Funds for the marker are being provided by Robert Beardsworth of Sarasota, Fla. On a visit to the poet's home surroundings in Camden, he expressed regret about the city's economic plight and the absence of funds to pay homage to the poet.
 He offered to sponsor the special marker to let visitors to the tomb better understand Whitman. The Walt Whitman Association noted that he has also provided monetary support for other programs in Camden.
 A number of civic and cultural leaders will take part in the unveiling of the new marker, including sculptor John Giannotti of Rutgers University-Camden, who designed the art and graphics for the new marker. Another Rutgers-Camden professor, Dr. Geoffrey Sill, chose the inscription. The text includes lines from Whitman's famous "Leaves of Grass," and R.W. Emerson's tribute to it as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed."
 Robert Smyth, Harleigh Cemetery administrator, supervised arrangements for placement of the marker and its visual integration with the well-known massive granite tomb which Whitman designed for his resting place.
 Wilmarth said the gravesite ceremonies would be followed on March 26 by the inauguration of special walking tours of the Camden locations frequented by Whitman, researched by the Camden Preservation Trust, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Walt Whitman House, 330 Mickle Blvd.
 Camden Mayor Aaron A. Thompson will host a 4 p.m. centennial commemoration ceremony at Camden's City Hall, in City Council Chambers. That program will feature a performance by Whitman impersonator Bruce Noll of the University of South Dakota.
 An ambitious two-month series of readings by nationally known poets will be launched on April 2, Wilmarth said, and will also be open to the public.
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