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Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008 Hardcover – December 1, 2008
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Historian John Rousmaniere stresses the place's astonishing diversity of the 525,000 interments. Here are German-American brewers, Chinese-American laborers, veterans of Civil War "Colored" regiments, famous performers (including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lester Young), noted artists--and Tammany Hall crooks, too. As he describes the cemetery's people, management, and varying fortunes, Rousmaniere keeps his eye on context, with chapters on changing styles of cemetery layout and monument design, the importance of Decoration Day, traditional burial "from the home," Chinese funeral rites, and how the 1918 flu epidemic and other calamities affected cemeteries. Throughout, Rousmaniere emphasizes the crucial role that cemeteries play in sustaining communities.
Award-winning photographer Ken Druse's rich photographs trace the beauty of the Evergreens' rolling hills through the seasons, and there are hundreds of vintage photographs, maps, and other illustrations.
a fascinating history not just of the specific folks laid to rest at
Evergreens Cemetery, but of the evolving attitudes towards death and
mourning. Evergreen's ties with the Revolutionary War, Manhattan island,
and some of Brooklyn's best known inhabitants are all detailed in this
excellent work about one of Kings County's oldest cemeteries.
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This appears to be a well researched book, not only on the history of Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, but of the history of New York City and Brooklyn in particular, where it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by LK Ruby
I throughly enjoyed receiving this book. Very well done, beautiful pictures and interesting stories. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dorrene A. Pierce
I had the opportunity to read "Green Oasis in Brooklyn" by John Rousmaniere
Re: - pages 131 & 132 - about Christian W. Schaffer. Read more