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Prison Ship Martyrs Monument

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'This historic monument, designed by the renowned architect Stanford White, to mark a sacred site in Brooklyn. A 149-foot Doric column, a granite staircase, and a crypt beneath bear witness to the resilience of over 11,500 individuals known as the prison ship martyrs. During the American Revolution, they endured unimaginable hardships, imprisoned on British ships anchored in Wallabout Bay. Overcrowding, contaminated water, starvation, and disease took their toll. These brave souls, representing thirteen colonies and various nationalities, paid the ultimate price for freedom. Their remains found a final resting place near the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1808. Today, this monument stands as a solemn reminder of their sacrifice. Designed by architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, this monument's grandeur was unveiled in 1908, attended by President-elect William Howard Taft."

Fort Greene Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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American Revolution

American Revolution