Located in Lower Manhattan, the site contains the remains of more than 419 freed and (mostly) enslaved Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries.This is the largest known (and oldest) cemetery for people of African descent in the country.
Today the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City pays tribute to immigration and receives 4.5 million visitors annually. Those that venture inside the statue will find a plaque engraved with a sonnet by Emma Lazarus titled “The New Colossus.”
Opened in 1892 and in operation until 1954, Ellis Island was the nation’s principal immigration station. It processed more than 12 million immigrants in that time and the main building was recently restored after 30 years of desertion.
It’s easy to forget that the fight for gay rights was riddled with turbulence. Things took a massive turn during the infamous Stonewall Uprising, which took place at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. Frustrated by unjust raids, the patrons at the Stonewall Inn decided to fight back and riots ensued
Governors Island was originally used as a military installation during the Revolutionary War. The island was used as military training grounds and military base until 1996 before being opened for public use in 2005.
Originally built to prevent an invasion from the British army in 1812, this bastion sits at the southern tip of Manhattan. Marking the spot where New York City begins, some folks argue that Castle Clinton represents the start (and growth) of our nation.
When Grant died from throat cancer in 1885, the mayor of New York offered to have him buried in NYC. His wife, Julia Grant, supported the offer and a large fundraising initiative took place to build what would become the largest tomb in North America.
Located in the heart of Wall Street, Federal Hall memorializes a turning point in the history of the United States. It was here that George Washington took the oath of office and became the first President of our new nation. Federal Hall was also the site of the first Supreme Court, Congress and Executive Branch.
Any Hamilton fans out there? If so, this is National Memorial in New York City that you can’t afford to miss. Hamilton Grange was the only home Alexander Hamilton ever owned! The mansion was declared a National Memorial because of Hamilton’s undeniable achievements.
Considering Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be born in New York City, it’s no wonder why this important building is deemed a National Historic Site in NYC! Visitors can see the museum by guided tour only, tours offered on a first come, first served basis.