Day 258

Slocum Memorial Fountain

September 13th, 2012

This fountain in storied Tompkins Square Park is dedicated to the memory of the 1,021 people who perished in New York City's deadliest disaster prior to 9/11: the burning of the General Slocum, an excursion steamer that was carrying residents of Manhattan's Little Germany to a church picnic when it caught fire in the East River in 1904. (The final survivor of this tragedy passed away almost 100 years later, in 2004.)

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