Even the nicest cemeteries are inherently creepy. It’s difficult to walk by one without thinking about the people buried there, not to mention the circumstances behind their deaths.

Each graveyard has its own unique history, and this particular cemetery—located in a suburb of Chicago—has a story that is more disturbing than any other that you are likely to find.

This is one of a few elephant statues that populate a large plot called Showmen’s Rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Each one is a headstone, all bearing the engraving “Showmen’s League of America” and the date June 22, 1918. It may look whimsical, but underneath these statues is a mass grave full of circus performers, including strongmen, acrobats, and clowns.

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