Fraunces Tavern® Museum
Happy Memorial Day from Fraunces Tavern Museum! Did you know there are over 270 war memorials located in New York City parks? Although the Museum remains closed to the public, we propose you observe this day by visiting a Revolutionary War memorial in your area.
In 1873, New York became the first state to observe this holiday, originally known as “Decoration Day,” and it was declared a federal holiday in 1971.
The Maryland Monument (image one), located in Prospect Park, honors the bravery of the Maryland 400, Continental Soldiers that sacrificed their lives to hold off Cornwallis’ troops for Washington and his men to escape after the Battle of Brooklyn.
You can also explore Fort Greene Park and visit the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (image two), dedicated to the estimated 11,000 men and women who died on British prison ships anchored on the East River.
Since 1892, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York have placed over 50 historical tablets, statues, and monuments around the city, such as the tablet dedicated to Colonel Marinus Willet (image three), located on the corner of Broad and Beaver Streets.
Explore a list of war memorials in your neighborhood here: https://bit.ly/36uETh7