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Mysterious Fate of Marble Slab Gifted to America by
Pope Pius IX is Basis for New Historical Novel
Stone to be placed inside Washington Monument was
Stolen, Destroyed and Tossed into the Potomac River
Plantation, Florida, October 12, 2012: The story of an obscure but once famous piece
of marble has been revived in a new novel titled, THE POPE’S STONE, by author Marc
Kuhn. The Pope’s Stone was an opulent slab of engraved marble gifted to America in
1854 by Pope Pius IX. The stone, along with many others donated from a number of
States and organizations, was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument,
then under construction in the nation’s capital. Most of these stones are there
today, lining the interior walls of the Monument’s stairwell. But, before it could
be installed, the Pope’s Stone was stolen, destroyed and thrown into the Potomac
River by a group of anti-
The story follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, two young descendants of the
Barringtons. Each young man keeps life-
A diverse mix of historic places and events are intertwined throughout the story. Among them are the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War; The great Oklahoma Land Rush; a rescue operation near the Marine outpost at Khe Sanh, Vietnam; and the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion. Nathaniel and Nicholas Barrington witness such events as they live out their lives in real times and actual places, the combination of which often present unexpected consequences.
Through it all, the small, secret, remaining piece of the Pope’s Stone is passed down through the Barrington family, generation after generation. In its path is hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play as readers follow the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas Barrington? These are some of the questions readers will be asking…they will discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.
Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing books. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children. ABOUT A FARM, a second children’s book, features life’s lessons beyond the barnyard. THE POPE’S STONE is Kuhn’s first adult novel.
“I have always enjoyed learning about American history,” Kuhn says. “Creating a story and then embedding it within actual historic events and locations has been the most fun I’ve ever had writing.” Kuhn paid very close attention to details and talked to both historians and eyewitnesses to ensure those events and places in the book that are real are accurately presented.