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Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism

A 19th Century Meeting Hall

 

— 193 Bowery —

 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism Marker
Inscription.  In 1892, anarchist leader Emma Goldman led a meeting at Military Hall in defense of her lover/comrade, Alexander Berkman, jailed after a botched attempt to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick, villain of the bloody Homestead Steel Strike. A focal point for agitation on many fronts, it was Military Hall at which, after fierce debate in 1853, officers of the 8-year-old Municipal Police agreed to wear an official uniform.

Shortly after opening, in 1829 it hosted the first North American service of the evangelical primitive Methodists. In 1835, the venerable St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church held its first worship service here. A humorous April 1867 NY Clipper article described that with windows open Methodist hymns competed with racy minstrel songs bellowing from the nearby Tony Pastor’s Opera House.

In 1868, Military Hall also witnessed the formation of the Elks Lodge, aka the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, then know as the “Jolly Corks.” It remained a locus for the diverse movements fertilizing Bowery life throughout the 19th century. The building’s current façade was added to the original structure
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
2. Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism marker site
193 Bowery, 2016. You wouldn't know from looking that this is the original building.
in the 1920s.

-David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dancers & Vaudeville
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.25′ N, 73° 59.618′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 193 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace Of Vaudeville? (within shouting distance of this marker); Yiddish Theatre’s 1st American Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Of Photographer Robert Frank (within shouting distance of this marker); From Making Money To Making Art (within shouting distance of this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsLaw Enforcement
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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193 Bowery as Military Hall, 1868
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Emma Goldman's mug shot, 1901
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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NY Metropolitan Police Uniforms, 1871
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Methodist religious revival meeting, 1868
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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