Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Peter Zenger
The renowned champion of the freedom of the press spent his first days in America on Governors Island. As a 13 year old boy he arrived in New York in 1710 with thousands of refugees from the Palatinate, who were quartered for a time on this island. In 1735, as publisher of the New York Weekly Journal, he won acquittal of libel charges in the historic court trial which marked the first major contribution to the cause of freedom of the press in America.
Erected by First United States Army, 14 October 1963
Erected 1963 by First United States Army.
Location. 40° 41.294′ N, 74° 0.92′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Evans Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on Governors Island, in front of the South Battery. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maj. General Hanson E. Ely Retirement (here, next to this marker); The South Battery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The South Battery (a few steps from this marker); St. Cornelius Chapel Tower Carillon Chimes (within shouting distance of this marker); Oysters in the Harbor: A History (within shouting distance of this marker); Middens and Reefs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buttermilk Channel and Brooklyn Waterfront (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Governors Island.
Also see . . . John Peter Zenger Trial. Account of the Zenger Trial from the Famous American Trials website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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