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Black Angel of Iowa
AKA: none found
Origin: United States
Nestled in Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, stands a black angel with supernatural connections. Placed in the cemetery in 1912, the angel overlooks the remains of Teresa Dolezal Feldevert an immigrant from Bohemia. She brought along her son, Eddie, as she worked as a midwife in the city. When Eddie died meningitis at 18 years in 1891, she buried him in Oakland Cemetery with a tree stump monument (still there today) and moved to Oregon.
There she married Nicholas Feldevert who then died as well in 1911. Heartbroken she moved back to Iowa City and hired a man to make a bronze angel statue to have as a monument for both her husband and son. She had him make it in a fashion that made it seem as though the angel was hovering over them, protecting them with the wings.
Why is the statue now black if she had it made in bronze you might ask? Well scientists say it’s because bronze is a metal and it’s natural oxidation because it is old. But, that’s boring compared to the stories others have come up with. Some say Teresa was a strange woman, whispers of murder and infidelity arose. And the angel turned black because she was then buried under it as well and her sins turned it so. Even the position of it is strange, angels are typically upward.
Another story to explain it is that Teresa vowed to remain loyal to her dead husband and said the angel would turn black otherwise. Some say it turned black with the sin of murdering her own son.
As these stories came up, so did others. If a girl gets kissed under the angel, she’ll die in six months. If you touch the statue on Halloween, you’ll die in seven years. And if you are feeling dumb and brave, kiss the statue. She’ll stop your heart beat, permanently.
(This black angel is not to be confused with Iowa City’s other black angel, the one at Council Bluffs. Expect a post of that one as well.)