Prison Ship Martyrs Monument considered for National Monument

The U.S. government is considering making the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park Brooklyn's first national monument.



According to the city's Parks Department, the monument marks the site of a crypt for more than 11,500 men and women who were buried in a tomb near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.



Those men and women were captured by the British and held captive in 1776 during the Battle of Long Island. They died as a result of overcrowding, contaminated water starvation and disease on board the ships in the East River.



President-elect William Howard Taft attended the monument's dedication in 1908, according to the Parks Department.



According to the National Park Service, the study into the monument's status is expected to cost between $100,000 and $200,000 to complete. It will then be submitted to Congress for approval within two years.



 


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