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Green-Wood’s Grand Procession Commemorating the End of the Civil War
May 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - May 24, 2015 @ 12:00 am| $25
This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. And Green-Wood is proud to be the final resting place of more than 5,000 Civil War veterans and other contributors to the war effort.
On May 23, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, for one night only, Green-Wood will commemorate the end of the Civil War with a nighttime event lit by 5,000 candle luminaries – one marking the grave of each Civil War soldier interred there.
The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with Civil War music, period games, cooking demonstrations, and re-enactors in Green-Wood’s meadow.
Then, at 8:30 p.m. after the sun has set, visitors will join the Grand Procession past thousands of luminaries, led by cavalry horses, musicians, uniformed re-enactors, and a Civil War artillery troop firing salute.
After the procession, visitors will have a unique opportunity to stroll Green-Wood’s grounds until midnight, taking in the luminaries and commemorating the thousands of lives affected by this dramatic turning point in American history.
Admission to Green-Wood’s new and compelling exhibition on the Civil War, To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories, will be free to all ticket holders throughout the night.
Also featured for one night only in Green-Wood’s Civil War-era Catacombs will be a special artistic interpretation of the statistics, numbers, and information on the 5,000 Civil War soldiers interred in Green-Wood. Artists Michele Gorman and Alex Marse have led a team of graduate students from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) to create visual representations of these facts and figures. Presented in Green-Wood’s atmospheric catacombs, the artwork shows how the stories of an overwhelmingly large number of veterans can be considered together to create a new way to think about the casualties of war. The presentation, entitled My House of Green Grass will be free to all ticket holders throughout the night.
NOTE: The Grand Procession covers about one mile. The walk may be hilly and strenuous. Appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended.
$25 for general public; $20 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, call 718-210-3080 or visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents.