Creepy stories about cemeteries are a staple of local folklore in any given community. A well known urban legend, often circulated in e-mail forwards, is the tale of a man or woman who spent the night in the arms of a statue in a graveyard on a dare, only to be found dead the next day. This legend was possibly instigated around a bronze statue in a Baltimore cemetery, dubbed Black Agnes or Black Aggie by locals. The statue is a replica of "Grief," whose somber, seated figure covered in a hooded shroud was originally erected in Washington D.C. The curse of the Black Aggie statue derives its name from the Civil War general over whom the statue rests: Felix Agnus. Horror stories surrounding the statue of Black Agnes often involve curses being bestowed on those who get too close to the mysterious monument. Those who spend the night in its lap are said to be haunted by the ghosts of those buried there. The statue's eyes supposedly turned red at night and tragedy would allegedly befallthose who touched the statue. While it's hard to separate fact from fiction in these kinds of stories, the tale of Black Agnes is a fascinating piece of local folklore.
Long since removed from the public due to vandalism, the Black Agnes Statue was found in Baltimore but now resides in the more protected grounds of the Dolley Madison House in Washington, D.C. But before its departure, Black Aggie fostered a plethora of haunted stories, and if you do a little digging you might start to find that some of these manifestations are rooted in truth. Do the ghosts of a Civil War general or the suicidal wife of a socialite really haunt the grave of Felix Agnus, and the cemetery of Pikesville, Maryland? And if not, what does haunt it?