Saturday June 17, 2017
Grant’s Tomb National Memorial
A peaceful location on Riverside Drive is the final resting place for Ulysses S. Grant our 18th President and the Union's most famous Civil War general. He died in 1885, twenty years after the war ended.
Next to Lincoln, Grant was probably the Union’s most celebrated hero. At the time of his death the impact of that horrible war was still fresh in people’s living memory. The day after he died the mayor of NYC sent a telegram to his widow, Julia Dent Grant suggesting that New York City should be the general’s final resting place. Grant’s only request before dying was that he be layed to rest by his wife. The are both entombed there.
Completed in 1897, the location of the National Memorial was remote and far from the bustling city. Visiting amounted to a day in the country. Old photographs reveal a riverside location devoid of trees and the beautiful park that now graces the Hudson shore of NYC.
I believe that the definitive artwork depicting Grant’s Tomb has not been created yet.
Who’s up for a challenge?
Join us on Saturday.
Start time: 10 AM - Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street, in Morningside Heights. To get there take the #1 Subway to the 116th Street - Columbia University stop. (see map below)
Lunch: Noon - 1 PM - Bring your own and dine al fresco in the park, or purchase food to take out at Broadway Au Lait, 3070 Broadway at 122 St. There are other choices in the area.
Afternoon: 1 PM Back to the Memorial
Show and Tell: 3 PM - The Craftsman, 3155 Broadway, (212) 933-0602. We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.
Note: Bring a stool if you have one - it gives you more options.
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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome.