Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Rededicated


A tipster sent in this photo of the re-dedication of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. Some 200 folks gathered in the rain yesterday to salute the Stanford White-designed 148-foot Doric column (which had been dedicated exactly 100 years earlier), representing the 12,000 or so Revolutionary War combatants who were captured by the British and died on prison ships in Wallabout Bay (the Park Slope writer Michael Drinkard wrote a novel about it). The torch atop the column was "re-lit" (with electric lights) after being darkened since 1921, reports Brooklyn Heights Blog, and it took ten years of fundraising and organizing by the Fort Green Park Conservancy to make it happen. Gowanus Lounge also has coverage, with a couple good photos. Anybody out there go?
Memorial to Revolutionary War Patriots Shines Anew in Brooklyn [NY Daily News]
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Rededicated at Fort Greene Park [WNYC]
An “Eternal Flame” Relit Over Brooklyn [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Prison Ship Martyrs Centennial: Cold & Somber [Gowanus Lounge]

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