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West 29th Street Underground Railroad Stop Wins Landmark Designation

October 13th, 2009 by DavidFreeland

Here’s a really inspiring story: Late this afternoon, the Landmarks Commission approved the designation of the Lamartine Place Historic District, a short row of West 29th Street houses, one of which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad (I found the photo below at the Bay Ridge Journal blog).

Lamartine Place

This is a designation that came solely as a result of community activism and persistence, and serves as proof that our efforts really can make a difference.  It’s also a stirring reminder that our collective struggles as New Yorkers – to fight for social justice and a city in which we all belong – deserve to be memorialized.

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