Poet Walt Whitman, who died March 26, 1892, was buried in a tomb he designed and built previous to his death. The structure was created to resemble the walls of King Solomon's temple and assembled, as in ancient times, with no rods, bolts or screws. Its ten-ton pieces of granite rely on gravity as glue. The one-ton granite door of the mausoleum remains permanently open so that "his soul can roam free."
Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, NJ