After Darwin’s death in 1882, Francis Galton was one of the prominent men who choreographed the movement culminating in Darwin’s burial in Westminster Abby. It was a deliciously paradoxal occasion: a public celebration of the life and work of the man who had done more than any other to destroy the power of the church, all to take place in the premier religious setting of England. The maneuvering entailed by Darwin’s burial was conscious and deliberate; Galton was acutely aware of the propaganda value of the public canonization of evolutionary theory, and who better to personify that theory than Darwin? Too, the symbolic reconciliation of the religious and scientific was both timely and important. Once berated as an enemy of morality and religion, Darwin was now sanctified and transformed into an icon acceptable to all aspects of society. His morality, patience, virtue, and greatness were praised by daily newspapers and religious publications alike. By application, his once-revolutionary ideas were also absorbed into the interstices of the bedrock of establishment thinking. It had taken only twenty-three years. [emp. Mine]
Pat Shipman, Evolution of Racism, pages 120-121.