Born August 1, 1819.
Died September 28, 1891.'
This is certainly one of the most visited graves in Woodlawn Cemetery, perhaps especially in recent years during which Melville's importance as a writer – and a remarkably modern one at that – is being increasingly recognised. It's not exactly easy to locate though.
(And I have to add that we didn't manage to find Countee Cullen's grave, in spite of the location being indicated on the cemetery map: a pity, as that would have tied in with my Zora Neale Hurston excursion in Florida. James Weldon Johnson's grave (in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn) is to come shortly though!)