Some other ways we commemorate people is by dedicating a building or part of a building and placing someone’s name on it. We often see this done at hospitals.
For example this hospital in the Bronx is called The Montefiore Medical Center. It’s also known as The University for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Henry and Lucy Division.
The names came as a result of Albert Einstein’s agreement to allow his name to be used on the first school that was to be built in NYC since 1897. (See the history section of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s website.) You’ll also see the names of Henry and Lucy Moses. Lucy was a NYC philanthropist; her husband was a lawyer and financier. Lucy focused most of her efforts in helping the poor. One of the funds set up was in the interests of healthcare. (I took this picture because Henry and Lucy were my parents’ names too.)
Sculpture of Edward “Duke” Kennedy Ellington
(b. April 29, 1899 – d. May 24, 1974)
This is one of several pictures I took of several famous or interesting locations in New York City a few years ago. I thought it was interesting because it commemorates a famous person who passed away. I invite you to take a visit to this site. The artwork is very interesting.
Duke Ellington, as he was often called, was a famous African-American composer, jazz pianist and orchestra leader. This sculpture, designed by Robert Graham sits at the circle by 110th Street and Fifth Avenue. The dedication of this sculpture took place in 1997. The location is between Harlem and Central Park. A few famous songs by Duke Ellington include: “It Don’t Mean a Thing”, “Take the A Train,” and “Mood Indigo”.
More information can be found at NYC Parks.gov