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11 a.m. The Draft Riots and Gangs of New York Walking Tour
September 25, 2011, 11:00am–1:00pm$10 – $15
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Draft Riots of 1863 are one of the saddest chapters in New York City history. Many of the participants—both famous and unknown—are buried in Green-Wood. Join Green-Wood Historic Fund tour guide Ruth Edebohls to visit and hear the histories of Horace Greeley, Henry J. Raymond, Boss Tweed, the Brooks Brothers, abolitionist Abigail Hopper Gibbons and others who rest here along with little-known victims of the riots. The film “Gangs of New York” included many of them as characters and also featured the era’s legendary gang leader William “Bill the Butcher” Poole. You’ll also enjoy the visual delights of Green-Wood, its trees and ponds and its sculpture and buildings by the leading artists and architects of their time. Walk may be hilly and strenuous—wear good walking shoes.
Ruth Edebohls worked for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment as its Coordinator of Urban Tours and as a tour guide for 15 years. A Brooklyn native, she is a licensed New York City Tour Guide and urban historian with a special enthusiasm for Green-Wood Cemetery. Over the years, she has created and led many fascinating tours of Green-Wood.
Walking tour: $10 for members of The Green-Wood Historic Fund / $15 for non-members. Reservations strongly recommended.
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