Mock Wedding to Celebrate a Marriage that Never Was

Mock Wedding

Mock Wedding of Mary and Johan Coward; image from Daily News

Sometimes circumstances get in the way of love. That is what happened to Mary and Johan Coward. These young teenagers were sweethearts just before the American Civil War. They were betrothed to marry, but then Johan was sent off to war, just as many young men were at the time.

And then? Mary and Johan were separated for fifty years. Now they are buried next to each in a cemetery in Queens, New York. But, that is not the end of the story for Mary and Johan Coward.

Mary and Johan’s Mock Wedding

The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery hosts an annual Spirits Alive event as part of their fundraising activities. They have put on quirky events, and according to some – macabre – events. Like, for example, the mock wedding of Mary and Johan Coward.

The cemetery friends have hired actors to play the parts of Mary and Johan in a mock wedding to celebrate the love they missed over the 50 years they were apart. While this event is part a series of fundraising initiatives, some people think a mock wedding is going a little too far. However, it is one of many creative ways the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery has developed to raise funds for the care and maintenance of forgotten cemeteries.

What is most intriguing about the mock wedding is how closely it is tied to history. It is more than just Mary and Johan’s history; it allows people to get a perspective of the Civil War era, and show it affected people off the battlefields (as much as on it).

If you are keen to learn more about the mock wedding of Mary and Johan, you can read the full article on the Daily News. You can also learn more about the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery at their website.

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