Ruth Ann Dodge was the wife of General Grenville M. Dodge, a Civil War veteran and the chief engineer of the Transcontinental Railroad.
In September of 1916 she had a vision of a young woman in a glistening white garment. The young woman carried a grecian urn filled with water that “glistened, glittered and sparkled like millions of diamonds.” The woman urged her to drink from it saying that it contained a blessing. But Ruth felt she was not ready to drink from it just yet.
Ruth had the vision three times. On the third occurrence of the vision, she drank from the water and died a few days later.
Her daughters commissioned Daniel Chester French to create the Black Angel statue to the strict criteria of their mother’s visions and he succeeded. It stands today near the entrance of Fairview Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
This montage, available in our online store, highlights the mystery of the Black Angel statue by overlaying it with the beauty of the mists and sparkling closups of crystals and other materials.
More material about Iowa’s Black Angels can be found at http://www.prairieghosts.com/oakland.html.