Historic Plaque Program Launched With Great Fanfare
Last Wednesday more than one hundred friends and neighbors joined us to kick off our historic plaque program undertaken in partnership with the Two Boots Foundation. A new historic marker was placed on 50 East 1st Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, the site of the former Justus Schwab Saloon. Schwab, a German immigrant, was a central figure in labor and radical political organizing in New York City in the late 19th century. His saloon, in the ground floor of the tenement in which he and his family lived, was a second home and gathering place for the likes of Emma Goldman, Samuel Gompers, and Ambrose Pierce, which included a library and, for many of them, a place to receive their mail! Read more about Justus Schwab and the historic significance of his saloon on GVSHP’s blog “Off the Grid” HERE.
The unveiling of the historic plaque was followed by a gala celebration in the next door First Street Community Garden, with food, drink, and music provided by Two Boots and folk singer Odetta Hartman. We are incredibly appreciative of the support from the Community Garden, the residents of 50 East 1st Street, and of course Two Boots. See pictures of the plaque, ceremony, and celebration HERE and read coverage from DNAinfo and the New York Times.
GVSHP and Two Boots will be continuing to expand the historic plaque program throughout the Village, East Village, and NoHo. Stay tuned for announcements about future plaque unveilings, or check our historic plaque page on our website.
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