The Tomb of Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetary

The Tomb of Karl Marx

Marx died in London on 14th March 1883 and was buried three days later. Engels took care of all the funeral arrangements. About 20 people attended the funeral, including Marx's son-in-law, Longuet who read a message in French from Peter Lavrov on behalf of the Russian Socialists. William Liebknecht represented the German Social Democrats and Engels delivered the main address.

Marx was buried in the same grave as his wife in Highgate Cemetery. It was marked with a simple headstone in accordance with Marx's wishes.

But in 1954 the grave was moved to a better position and it was decided to commission a more impressive tomb. The current monument, a bronze head atop a granite plinth, was designed and made by Laurence Bradshaw who was commissioned by the Communist Party of Great Britain. It was unveiled by Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the CPGB, in 1956.

At the base is the famous quote "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point however is to change it". The top of the plinth bears the call of Marx and Engels "Workers of all lands, unite".