Monthly Archives: December 2016

How We Commemorate


This picture was taken in Brooklyn on Herkimer Street and Nostrand Avenue. It’s a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a minister and social activist who was assassinated for voicing his opinions on American civil rights. He was assassinated April 4, 1968 while standing on a balcony in Memphis. He stood up for the African American community during a time where white Americans and black Americans were very divided. It was during the times of segregation. He is very well known for his “I Have A Dream” speech. His speech was his thoughts on one day the nation reuniting as one. His murals can be seen all around the United States. I think the portrait was made very nice. Everyone who walks by the portrait can’t help but to reminisce on history during a time of sadness. It shows how far we’ve come as a country.


How We Commemorate


This photo was taken at Brooklyn College. There’s brick pathway remembering all of the special people who has passed and played a huge part to Brooklyn College. The pathway is located at the West Quad building. Jennie Glass was being remembered. She was a faculty staff who had such a bright spirit. Many adored her and she lived a long life. She passed away at the age of 94. She was a great person and very helpful to those who needed any help. I thought it was such a bright idea for Brooklyn College to remember those by making a brick pathway. For ever person that enters the West Quad building you can’t help but to look down and see all the names of people who has passed. Although, they’ve passed, I know it is an honor to have your name cemented on the ground.


American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial

American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial


The American Merchant Mariners Memorial is located of the shore of Battery park. This work of art is powerful and captures the attention of all who walk by it.  on the plaque with the description of the memorial it states “This memorial serves as a marker for America’s merchant mariners resting in the unmarked ocean depths,” during World War II many mariners lost their lives during raids and attacks, mariners would sometimes burn to death, be blown apart and froze to death in the icy waters  and these statutes show how as a boat sunk one mariner fell off and was reaching for help and during low tides you can see the body of the mariner with a petrified face and his body stretched out trying hard to reach the arm. Their sacrifice and hard work will never be forgotten.

Commemorating victims of 9/11 on their birthday


This last commemoration was located at the 9/11 museum. The one thing that I found interesting is that on the birthday’s of the victims of 9/11 a while flower is placed on their names. There is one American Flag in this picture and I believe that flag may have been someone that was a fireman or a police officer that died during duty September 11, 2001. I think this is a beautiful way to celebrate people that passed that day, even on their birthday. This shows that they will always be remembered.


Commemorating Nelson Mandela



Along Broadway and the Canyon of Heroes lies Nelson Mandela name. Although it has been here long before Nelson Mandela passed away I feel that this is a great way to commemorate him so that future generations may know about him. On June 20, 1990 Nelson Mandela arrived to New York City after being in jail for 27 years for treason. He was the leader of the movement to end Apartheid in South Africa. The canyon of heroes is where mayor presented honored guest with a proclamation, a medal, a scroll, or a key to the city. This is where many ticker tape parades happened.

Links from information in the commemoration


9/11 Cross ‘A Symbol of Hope’


This  Statute here is called ‘9/11 Cross, A Symbol of Hope’.This statute is located near St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church near the 9/11 memorial. This statute represents the wreckage of the twin towers forming a cross from the aftermath of 9/11. The original cross was moved in the 9/11 Museum. This cross was sculpted by Jon Krawczyk. Cardinal Egan picked him to sculpt the new cross. At the bottom of the cross is a metal book that consists of 35 pages of the victims of 9/11. Each the victims names are inscribed in the metal book. All visitors can look through the metal pages of the book to look at the victims names. This is commemoration is dedicated to those that did not deserve to have their lives ended on that tragic day, and also to commemorate those whole lost their loved ones.

Information about the original 9/11 Cross

mus ( The Original Cross)

Commemorating Ben and Etta Schoenfeld



This photograph was taken in Central Park. Here is a commemoration to someone’s dear loving grandparents. This is a silver plaque attached to a bench within Central Park. I don’t exactly know who Ben and Etta Schoenfeld are, but I am assuming that they were married and that they loved coming to Central Park together. Their Children, Grandchildren, and Greatgrand children dedicated this Central Park bench to them. I think this is a beautiful way to commemorate a family member or friend.

Commemorating William Church Osborn


This photograph was taken next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The person that is being commemorated here is William Church Osborn born 1862 and died January 3rd, 1951. (89 Years Old at death). He was the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and president of the Children’s Aid society. These plaques lay to the side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in front of an ancient playground. My reflection of this commemoration is that it makes a lot of sense to have his plaque in front of a children’s playground since he was the president of the children’s aid society and at the side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art because he was the president of that as well.

The first  bronze plaque states:

“In memory of William Church Osborn”


“He served his City and his State faithfully well”

The second bronze plaque states:


The Children’s Aid Society


New York Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled



The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Link from information in the William Osborn’s Commemoration


Mark Hopkins(1802)-(1887)


I took this Photograph at Bronx Community College.  The person being commemorated is Mark Hopkins. He was known for being a famous educator and also  known for incorporating his religious background into teaching and education. The reason why I took this photography is because anyone who influence the education system to make it better it worth paying attention to.


Horace Mann 05/04/1796-08/02/1859


I took this photograph at Bronx community college. The person who is being commemorated is Horan Mann he was the a member of the house of representatives from Massachusetts’s 8th  district. He was known for being part of education reform in 1837.My reflection is that it is a unique statute. I love how the college have a separate location for all their statute of  people that was famous they call the location hall of fame. It a beautiful place in the college to visit.