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An Unobserved Landmark

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | October 3, 2013

No 991

Justice Michael Angelo Musmanno died on Columbus Day, October 12, 1968.  But his name is still on the door of his chambers, 45 years later.  This door is located on the Eighth Floor of the City County Building, on the upper level, where the Office of the Board of Viewers is now located.

It appears that someone put a plaque over the Justice’s name, but that’s gone now.  There’s a paper sign taped over it now.  I hope that somebody doesn’t remove the lettering because I called attention to it.  Its historic.  It ought to be preserved.

If you are wondering whether the Justice’s ghost is living here, I seriously doubt it. In the codicil to his will, Justice Musmanno requested that he be buried in Arlington National Cemetery as close to his beloved idol John F. Kennedy as possible. After Musmanno died, Congressman Jim Fulton arranged it. And so, he is interred a short distance from the graves of John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.  I suspect that he has no desire to return home.

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