Melting Pot, Six Feet Under – Halloween Uptown at Trinity Church Cemetery

With Eric K. Washington

Halloween occasions this tour of Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan led by Columbia Community Scholar Eric K. Washington, an authority on Gotham’s eventful past buried beneath Manhattan’s only still-admitting cemetery. Established in 1842, this 24-acre greensward first laid out by James Renwick, Jr. — and later improved by Calvert Vaux — is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its roster of permanent residents and permanently dispossessed — as those of its lost Colored Orphan Asylum Ground — underscore the cemetery as a microcosm of the socially complex living world at large. Notable burials on this tour may include John James Audubon, naturalist; Cadwallader D. Colden, New York City mayor and abolitionist (whose grave Eric rediscovered for Trinity Archives); Laura Brevoort, masked ball hostess extraordinaire; Madame Eliza Jumel, adventuress; John Jacob Astor, merchant; Clement Clarke Moore, poet; Caroline Astor, doyenne of Gilded Age polite society; Rita de Acosta Lydia, American beauty of Belle Epoque Paris; and Mercedes de Acosta, lesbian paramour of some of the most important women of the 20th-century.

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Saturday, October 31
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Virtual Tour

Member: $15
Non-member: $25

Trinity Cemetery in Autumn with leaves changing color
Trinity Cemetery in Upper Manhattan. Photo: Eric K. Washington. Modifications: photo cropped.