BROOKLYN - A group of French volunteers is sprucing up a monument for the Green-Wood Cemetery.

They are working on the Angel of Music monument, which hasn't received such care since 2012. Green-Wood says the bronze sculpture marks the grave of the United States' first internationally recognized composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who lived in the 18th Century.

The group is in New York on an exchange program sponsored by Preservation Volunteers.

Cemetery officials say they appreciate the help because it takes a lot of work to preserve the sculptures and vegetation around Green-Wood's grounds.

Summer 2016 - PV Welcomes Four French Volunteers to NYC

July 24th through August 6, 2016, four wonderful volunteers worked at Conference House Park on Staten Island and historical Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.  Their projects included reglazing and restoring windows on the Visitor's Center at Conference House, as well as headstone balancing and waxing the famous "Angel of Music" sculpture that marks Louis Moreau Gottschalk's grave at Green-Wood. In addition to their projects volunteers also participated in events at the Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island and spent their free time exploring the famous cultural and tourist sites of New York City. 

Special Thanks to John Kilcullen and Frank Morelli for being amazing site managers and hosts!

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