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Gay Graves Tour
Oct 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm| $30
The Gay Graves Tour is an LGBT-focused tour of Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn. It is the only one of its kind. This specially-developed tour will introduce you to the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians, their friends, their supporters and their detractors who are among the permanent residents at Green-Wood.
The Gay Graves Tour is conducted entirely on foot. It is more of a hiking tour than a walking tour because of the amount of territory we cover, as well as the hilly nature of the terrain. Time passes quickly because at every moment we are surrounded by beauty, both the man-made monuments and nature’s artistry.
Hear the humorous connection between Green-Wood’s muscle man, the marble sculpture Civic Virtue, and a neglectful daughter, and to Anthony Weiner! Learn about Dr. Richard Isay, thehero of the tour. There is a villain of the tour; learn who he is!
During the 3 hour Gay Graves Tour, you will:
- Start the tour at Green-Wood’s fabulous Victorian Gothic entry gate
- Visit the final resting places of four composers: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Jabara and Fred Ebb
- Learn about the groundbreaking lesbian artists, Violet Oakley and Emma Stebbins
- Climb Brooklyn’s highest natural point, Battle Hill where the Revolutionary War Battle of Brooklyn was fought
- And much more!
Although the tour highlights the gay men and lesbians buried at Green-Wood, it is not limited to them. We would be remiss if we ignored Elias Howe, the Tiffany family, Samuel F. B. Morseand others who are resting for eternity here. Amid the centuries-old trees, the fabulous works of art, and the bucolic surroundings enjoy a unique dose of gay history, New York history and U.S. history at Green-Wood Cemetery.