Photographer's Note

A few days ago I took a walk around one of the most historic parts of New York City: downtown Manhattan. It’s here that all the early events in NYC’s history took place, and there are many important buildings. This is a view of Federal Hall, located on Wall Street.

This isn’t the original Federal Hall. The first building was erected in 1704, and served as the first City Hall, and then as Federal Hall. It was torn down in 1812, and rebuilt in 1842. Even though the original building was lost, many historic events took place on this exact spot, and the current Federal Hall highlights them.

After the Revolutionary War, New York City was the nation’s first capital, and the original Federal Hall building housed the First Congress. It was there, outside on the balcony, on April 30,1789 that George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. It’s also the site where the first U. S. Congress passed legislation to establish the Bill of Rights and the federal court system, and where early amendments to the Constitution were written.

In 1955 Federal Hall was designated as a national memorial, and it is now a museum run by the National Parks Service. Admission is free, but it is closed at the moment due to COVID-19. The interior has an impressive rotunda, and some interesting exhibits. It even holds the bible George Washington used to be sworn into office.

The famous bronze statue of George Washington outside the building was added in 1882, and it stands at the exact spot where Washington stood while taking his oath of office.

I’ve visited this site several times, and normally there are large crowds of people outside. Tourists pose with George Washington, and school groups learn about history. This time there were only a few people around.

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 299 N: 3843] (13998)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2020-08-20
  • Na¶wietlenie: f/1.8, 1/636 sekund
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-22 11:46
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