8/20/14

106th Annual Memorial Tribute to the Prison Ship Martyrs

On Saturday, August 23 from 10 AM to Noon, the Society of Old Brooklynites will host the 106th Annual Memorial Tribute to the Prison Ship Martyrs, at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.

Join Brooklyn friends and neighbors in paying tribute to the Prison Ship Martyrs of the American Revolution, at their monument and crypt in Fort Greene Park, the city's most important Revolutionary War monument.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries will deliver the keynote address, with other speakers, song and dance performance, and the traditional "Piping Aboard" naval ceremony.

From 1776 to 1783, when the British military occupied New York City, an estimated 11,000 American patriots, most of them sailors, died in unspeakable conditions aboard British hulks anchored in Wallabout Bay, rather than swear allegiance to King George.

New Yorkers collected and preserved the bones of the martyrs until the present crypt and monument, a tall Doric column designed by architect Stanford White, opened in 1908.

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