Queens, New York: General Slocum Disaster Memorial and Mass Grave

The General Slocum was a steamboat that caught fire in the East River in 1904, killing 1021 people. 61 unidentified corpses are buried under an impressive memorial that includes an engraving of the disaster.

All Faiths Cemetery

Metropolitan Ave., Queens, NY
All Faiths Cemetery. Enter from the south side of Metropolitan Ave. just west of 69th St. Drive straight in until the road ends, then turn left. Make the third right and immediately bear left. The monument will come up on the left.
Gates open daily 7-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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General Slocum Disaster Memorial.

General Slocum Disaster Memorial and Mass Grave

Located within the old Lutheran Cemetery section of All Faiths Cemetery, among the untended graves of New York's German-American community of the late 19th and early 20th Century, is a monument to the dead of the General Slocum disaster that dwarfs the Slocum Disaster Memorial Fountain found in Tomkins Square Park in Manhattan. Dedicated on June 15, 1905, one year after the disaster, the memorial features four robed female figures on pedestals and an a stone etching of the ship going down in flames.

In 1912, additional figures, angels cradling children, were added to both sides of the original memorial, perhaps alluding to the many children who perished in the tragedy. Over 1,000 died, making the General Slocum the worst disaster (in terms of lives lost) in NYC history until the 9/11 atrocities of 2001.

[Martin Lewison, 08/29/2021]

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