Day 335

“By wealth of thought,

November 29th, 2012

or else by mighty deed, They served mankind in noble character. In worldwide good they live forever more."

This is the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the nation's original hall of fame. Standing on the grounds of Bronx Community College — which was, at the time of the Hall's dedication in 1901, the University Heights campus of New York University — it comprises an open-air colonnade and 98 bronze busts of famous Americans (four additional inductees from the 1970s are not sculpturally represented). In its heyday, the Hall was quite a prestigious institution, but it has largely fallen out of public consciousness over the past few decades. Its funding dried up after NYU abandoned the campus in 1973, and elections for new members have not been held since 1976.

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