Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

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Strange phenomona occur here, seemingly revolving around two statues: the Black Angel and a young girl set on a pedestal. Folks have reported seeing strange lights and the Angel walking about as a glowing shape. It is said that the little girl statue will pick out one member of a group of cemetery visitors and stare at that person until they exit the vicinity. Also, it is said that the temperature changes in relation to the girl statue. The closer you get, the warmer you feel, and the farther away, the colder.

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    Oakland Cemetery
    Iowa City, Iowa
    United States

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    41.67005390000001, -91.52218299999998
    Johnson County, Iowa
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    1. Yea I’ve went to the black angel three nights with a Ouija board with some friends that also shared the same experience

    2. I’ve been to the Black Angel twice, both times being in the middle of the night. I take the long way to the cemetery by walking through a wooded trail which is about a mile or so long. The entire time I was walking through the woods I couldn’t help but feel like I was being followed. Once I get to the actual cemetery, I am constantly looking to my side searching for a figure that I can see out of the corner of my eye, but disappears before I can see anything. I’ve never seen the little girl, but when I get to the statue and if I get close enough I get extreme chills. The second time I went I thought I heard a whisper welcoming me back. It could have just been my imagination, but I’m a believer.

    3. That’s really cool, a friendly little girl who for some reason hasn’t moved on. I’m going to this cemetery soon it’s actually close to my house and I go by it all the time. I’mstayi ngaw ay from theblack angel thou gh, I do want to visit the little girl

    4. The Black Angel is beautiful and gives you a sense of calm and peace. It was created by a mothers love and an artists hands. If something is in the cemetery it may be one of the people who have hung themselves in the woods over the last decade. That is worth writing about. It is the woods–not the Angel. I know. I am a local. Many wooded areas in the Johnson County area why are there so many suicides that happen in these woods? I felt something in the woods as well. I actually got turned around on the trails and it was getting late in the day with no water left. I am an avid hiker and have actually been on these trails many times. I came to the woods to decompress and ended up getting almost lost! A simple prayer and I was out 5 minutes later from of rush of anxiety. Word from the wise–too many side trails near Hickory Hill and it is too easy to get turned around–DO NOT go into the woods alone at night. I know of three people in the last 7 years who have killed themselves on that land. Three very smart professional people with great souls. Something got to them.

    5. It’s also said if you kiss under its gaze, both people will die in seven years, and if your young and walk under it’s wings, you will die young.

    6. I grew up in Cedar Rapids, we went to the Cemetery one Halloween and i kissed the Black angle that was over 44 years ago and so far as I know I’m still alive

    7. This is something that has freaked me out to this day. I once went to the Black Angel with two friends before going out downtown. It was my very first time there. Instantly I got a creepy feeling so we left. We went on to bars, parking on Clinton Ave in a fairly well populated and well lit area. When we came out to leave my passenger and driver’s side tires. We were able to get towed to a gas station, filled our tires up and left. (Still have not been back sense)

    8. I remember my grandfather telling me a story about the Black Angel when I was younger. This had to happen in the late 1940’s early 1950’s. He and his friends drive up to see the Black Angel. Being young teenagers at the time and not having a care in the world, one of his friends decided to urinate on the statue. With nothing happening, they laughed and decided to drive home. Along the way home they were in a horrible car accident resulting in one of them dying, 2 more severely injured including my grandfather. The one that died, you guessed it, the one that did the urinating. My grandfather suffered severe Epilepsy for the rest of his life because of this accident.
      I have never visited myself, but please if you do, respect the Black Angel.

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