Municipal Art Society - Women’s History Month Walking Tour:
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11:00 AM
Trinity Church Cemetery’s Notable Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, this tour pays tribute to several unheralded women of Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights. Whether by burial or association, the women residents of these bucolic grounds have contributed notably to New York City’s historical events or social fabric. Waypoints of interest include Eliza Jumel, adventuress; Anna Minturn, initiator of the idea to create Central Park; Laura Brevoort, host of New York’s first respectable masquerade ball; Lucy Nichols, preeminent African-American matriarch of antebellum West Harlem; The Mrs. Astor, imperious doyenne of Gilded Age polite society; Christiana Freeman, enslaved great-granddaughter of a Founding Father; Rita de Acosta Lydig, legendary American-born beauty of the Belle Epoque era; and Mercedes de Acosta, lesbian paramour of some of the most important women of the twentieth century. Explore Manhattan’s only still-admitting cemetery—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—through the lens of its fascinating women.
Tour Leader: Eric K. Washington, local historian and author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem and Trinity Church Cemetery, an iPhone travel app soon to be released by Rama/Crimson Bamboo.
Meet: N.W. corner of Broadway and West 155th Street.
Cost of Tour: $15, $10 MAS members. Pay at tour.