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Prison Ship Martyrs Monument

 
 
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
1. Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Marker
Inscription. [Engraved into the limestone at the base of the tower]:
1776
The
Prison
Ship
Martyrs
Monument
1908

[Plaque on monument's opposite side from engraving]:
In memory of the 11,500 patriotic American Sailors and Soldiers who endured untold suffering, and died on the British prison ships, anchored in Wallabout during the Revolutionary War 1776 - 1782. Their remains lie buried in the crypt at the base of this monument which was dedicated on November 14, 1908.

This plaque was affixed by the Society of Old Brooklynites on June 1, 1960.
 
Erected 1908 by State of New York.
 
Location. 40° 41.497′ N, 73° 58.464′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Washington Park when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Fort Greene Park. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Greene Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Greene Historic District (approx. mile away); BLDG 92 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Hill Historic District
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
2. Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Plaque
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Brooklyn Borough Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ponkiesberg Fortification (approx. one mile away); Brooklyn Heights Historic District (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
3. Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
Plaque side view. Note the urn at the top of the tower.
Entrance to the crypt where the remains reside. Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
4. Entrance to the crypt where the remains reside.
Fort Greene Park Museum & Visitors Center Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
5. Fort Greene Park Museum & Visitors Center
There is a nice little museum near the monument which details the history of the event and the park.
Shield, crest, or perhaps a coat of arms on the museum exterior Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
6. Shield, crest, or perhaps a coat of arms on the museum exterior
Inside the Fort Greene Park Museum Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
7. Inside the Fort Greene Park Museum
Fort Greene Park Eagle Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
8. Fort Greene Park Eagle
There are eagles on each of the four corners of the monument plaza.
Former entrance at the base of the monument tower Photo, Click for full size
By R. C., December 6, 2008
9. Former entrance at the base of the monument tower
The monument originally housed a staircase and elevator to the top observation deck. The elevator was operational until the 1930s but was unfortunately removed in the early 1970s. The tower is no longer opened to the public.
 
 
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