This building, which defended New York before there was even a United States and during the War of 1812, sits in the middle of Battery Park.
It’s located right across the way from where tourists pick up the boat to go see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty .
Many people know Castle Clinton as the place where one picks up and buys their ticket for the ferry.
But what many people don’t know that it was eventually named for New York governor , De Witt Clinton, and it protected New York City harbor from British invasion during the War of 1812.
After the war and before there was even an Ellis Island Immigration Center, this is where immigrants checked in when they came to New York City .
Right before you get to Castle Clinton, you’ll notice a statue simply titled “The Immigrants ”
It’s a tribute to those who risked and continue to risk their lives coming here for a better life.
As you enter the fort, no matter if it’s just to buy your tickets or just to kill time, take a look around you at this place .
It’s old and it really shows it.
I’ve visited other forts, such as Fort McHenry down in Baltimore and Fort Jay on Governor’s Island here in New York.
Neither of them are showing their age as much as Castle Clinton is.
There’s no wonder that this place is used mostly for buying tickets to see two if the country’s most important landmarks .
There are park rangers around as this is part of the United States National Park Service , but it’s sad to see the condition of a place that’s as much a part of New York history, as well as United States history .
This is much smaller than the memorial in Washington DC , but it serves the same purpose .
This memorial honors the soldiers and sailors of all the branches, that’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, who lost their lives at sea fighting in World War I I .
It was a nice day to visit Lower Manhattan, so I did.
In Battery Park, near where the boats that take you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island , there’s many monuments and memorials.
One of which is called “The Universal Soldier.”
If you look closely , this is actually part of the New York Korean War Memorial .
Around the statue are the flags from the countries that sent troops to Korea.
Also around the statue are the dead, missing and wounded from some of those countries.
Let the pictures tell you the story.
“For All Those Who Were Lost
For All Those Who Were Stolen
For All Those Who Were Left Behind
For All Those Who Were Not Forgotten”
These words are inscribed on a granite wall outside of the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City .
The wall is hiden by scaffolding now, but the first time that I walked by it , these words spoke to me as they should everyone, not just Americans.
The monument is located right near New York’s City Hall and the oh so many courthouses that may look familiar to you if you watch the t.v. show, Law and Order .
It’s also close by that bridge that seems to dominate the Lower Manhattan skyline, The Brooklyn Bridge .
The monument is part of the United States National Park Service.
It’s open on Tuesdays through Saturdays and the admission is free.
The building is officially located on Elk Street , but right underneath the Elk Street sign is another sign that lets you know that you’re going in the right direction right after you get off the subway at the Chambers Street Station.
The street sign reads “African Burial Ground Way.”
As part of the building is under construction you have to walk around the corner to the entrance.
The monument was officially open in 2006.
As you walk into the building and see all the exhibits, you notice two things.
One that slavery did take place in New York City, and how the city had more slaves than any city in the South including Charleston, South Carolina.
You’ll also see a West African heart shape figure called a Sankofa.
You’ll see it a lot throughout your visit.
The Sankofa asks you to “learn from your past so that one may prosper for your future.”
Each exhibit makes you think.
You learn that not only did Europeans sell slaves, some of their fellow Africans did as well.
You also learn, sadly, that if a slave was ill on the voyage to the New World, they were thrown overboard .
What shocks you more, if the exhibits weren’t shocking enough, is that many African slaves and free Negroes, couldn’t be buried in the city or New Amsterdam , as it was called then.
Remains of 419 men, women, and even children, were discovered in the late 1990’s, and finally given the prosper burial they deserved.
The seven mounds that you see that are now covered by scaffolding are the remains of the 419.
One might say that this monument is sobering.
Some people might say that, but it opens your eyes to a part of American History that many Americans don’t know or seem to care about.
African Burial Ground National Monument
290 Broadway , First Floor
New York City , New York 10007
Washington DC wasn’t always the capital of the United States .
New York City was and Federal Hall was the place where George Washington was sworn in.
The Federal Hall Memorial is located right across the street from the New York Stock Market right on Wall Street .
You can’t miss this building.
It’s the one with the big statue of George Washington in front of it.
Once you walk into the building , one sees a replica of George Washington’s desk .
Everything you want to see is on the first floor, and it’s not only the story of George Washington’s journey from his home in Virginia to New York City to be sworn in, but it’s basically showing you the history of the American colonies, especially New York .
You learn the story of how this building was the first home of the United States Treasury and Customs House.
If you need some information on New York City , and other National Parks in the country, there is a information room right before you exit.
I would advise going there right after you finish seeing the exhibits .
Yes, you can take pictures here.
Admission is free and it’s open Monday thru Friday .
Enjoy the pictures .
While walking around the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh , I came across three memorials.
One of which was the memorial to fallen policemen .
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