This past Saturday the Hayfoot and I took the A train to a site that, sadly, most New Yorkers no longer visit: Grant’s Tomb. For decades after it was dedicated in 1897, the mausoleum was one of the most visited places in Manhattan. Tens of thousands from across the country turned out annually to pay their respects. Now, as you can see, that is no longer the case. That’s the Mrs. on the far left.
The National Park Service acquired the General Grant National Memorial, as it is properly called, in 1959. We took in a discussion led by a very knowledgeable ranger. There aren’t many displays but the ones they do have are informative and cover Grant’s career in its entirety.
These regimental flags are reproductions
…with the exception of this one that belonged to the 11th Indiana, Colonel Lew Wallace commanding. It was covered with glass, which is why the photo is a bit difficult to make out.
In a rare misstep, the Park Service built these benches around the perimeter of the tomb in the 1970s. I think they were trying to be relevant.
In a better use of the space, the public area outside has been a regular stop on Harlem’s Jazzmobile going back nearly five decades. We’re going to try to get up there this summer.
It opened in 1897 at the height of the reconciliation phase.
Hayfoot and Strawfoot
The final resting place of President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.
And then it was on to Ethiopian cuisine in Harlem.
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