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Sunday, September 8, 2019. New York City – One of the memorials at the Battery is the Netherlands Memorial. Another memorial is The Immigrants. Human beings have been immigrants since the beginning of humanity. Migration is a human right!

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“The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) is a 25-acre (10 ha) public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City facing New York Harbor. It is bounded by Battery Place on the north, State Street on the east, New York Harbor to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. The park contains attractions such as an old fort named Castle Clinton; multiple monuments; and the SeaGlass Carousel. The surrounding area, known as South Ferry, contains multiple ferry terminals, including the Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall Terminal as well as boat launches to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

The park and surrounding area is named for the artillery batteries that were built in the late 17th century to protect the settlement behind them. By the 1820s, the Battery had become an entertainment destination, with the conversion of Castle Clinton into a theater venue. During the mid-19th century, the modern-day Battery Park was constructed and Castle Clinton was converted into an immigration and customs center. The Battery was commonly known as the landing point for immigrants to New York City until 1890, when the Castle Clinton immigration center was replaced by one on Ellis Island. Castle Clinton then hosted the New York Aquarium from 1896 to 1941.

In 1940, the entirety of Battery Park was closed for twelve years due to the construction of the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel and the Battery Park Underpass. The park reopened in 1952 after a renovation, but then subsequently went into decline. The Battery Conservancy, founded in 1994 by Warrie Price, underwrote and funded the restoration and improvement of the once-dilapidated park. In 2015, the Conservancy renamed the park to its historic name of “the Battery”.”_Wikipedia.org

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Netherlands Monument at The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Netherlands Monument at The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.
Inscriptions: 1) west side: “ON THE 22ND OF APRIL 1625 AMSTERDAM CHAMBER OF THE WEST INDIES COMPANY DECREED THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE CREATION OF THE ADJOINING FARMS. THE PURCHASE OF THE ISLAND OF MANHATTAN WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN 1626. THUS WAS LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK.”
2) front: “IN TESTIMONY OF ANCIENT AND UNBROKEN FRIENDSHIP THIS FLAGPOLE IS PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK BY THE DUTCH PEOPLE 1926.”

Netherlands Monument

The Netherlands monument flagpole was dedicated on December 6, 1926, as a gift from the Dutch. It was renovated and rededicated in 2000. It was originally located south of Castle Clinton, but during the 1940–1952 renovation, the flagpole was relocated to the northeast entrance of the Battery, where it still stands today.

“This monumental flagstaff commemorates the Dutch establishment of New Amsterdam and the seventeenth century European settlement which launched the modern metropolis of New York City. Designed by H.A.van den Eijnde (1869-1939), a sculptor from Haarlem in the Netherlands, the monument was dedicated in 1926 to mark the tercentenary of Dutch settlement, and the purchase of the island of Manhattan from Native Americans.

In 1609, the Dutch East India Company ship De Halve Maen (The Half Moon) entered the harbor. The river still carries the name of the ship’s commander, an Englishman named Henry Hudson. Subsequent trading missions led to the formation in 1614 of the New Netherland Company which stretched from Delaware to Connecticut. In 1621, the States General of the Netherlands established the Dutch West India Company. Around this time, Dutch and Walloon families formed a small community at the southern end of the island, though the precise date and circumstances of New Amsterdam’s creation remain the subject of debate. Also in question is the location of the almost mythical purchase of the land now known as Manhattan by Dutch provincial Director General Peter Minuit from the Lenape people, an event depicted on the south-west façade of the monument.”_nycgovparks.org

Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.

The Immigrants

This beautiful memorial includes shirtless men and a naked child.

“Sculptor Luis Sanguino (b. 1934) celebrates the diversity of New York City and the struggle of immigrants in this heroic-sized bronze figural group. The sculpture depicts figures of various ethnic groups and eras, including an Eastern European Jew, a freed African slave, a priest, and a worker. The figures’ expressive poses emphasize the struggle and toil inherent in the experience of the immigrant or dislocated person.

The sculpture is located at the south end of the Eisenhower Mall in Battery Park near Castle Clinton, which served as a processing facility for newly arrived immigrants from 1855 to 1890, when construction began on a larger, more remote facility at nearby Ellis Island. The piece was donated by Samuel Rudin (1896–1975), who commissioned the sculpture in the early 1970s, intending it to be installed near Castle Clinton as a memorial to his parents, who, as it is noted on the plinth, emigrated to the United States in the late-19th century. Although Rudin died in 1975, Rudin’s family took up the campaign to install the sculpture at the park, and it eventually was dedicated on May 4, 1983.”_nycgovparks.org

Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.

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Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Statue The Immigrants. The Battery. Manhattan, New York City.

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