Statue wept when she kissed it: CNY woman remembered for ‘miracle’ that drew thousands
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thousands of people flocked to a home on Hawley Avenue in Syracuse in 1949 to witness what some called a miracle.
An 11-year-old girl found a broken head of a religious statue in her yard and as she kissed the head, tears appeared to form in the eyes of the plaster statue of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.
“I have no powers. I’m a little girl,” Shirley Anne Martin said in 1949 and repeated in 1999 to The Post-Standard.
Martin – who married and became Shirley Hamlin and lived in Oswego County – passed away Monday at 79 years old.
The event, which was called a “phenomenon” by her childhood Catholic church in Syracuse, was recalled in Hamlin’s obituary.
“At the age of 11, something amazing happened; Shirley kissed a statue of Saint Ann, tears flowed from the statue’s eyes and this continued for years,” the obituary reads.
In 1999, 50 years after, Hamlin recalled what the media called “the statue that cried.”More IN FO.