January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) received her medical degree from Geneva Medical College (Hobart College now) becoming the first woman to graduate medical school. In 1853, she created a medical dispensary near Tompkins Square. In 1857, along with Drs. Marie Zakrzewska & Emily Blackwell, it expanded to become the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women & Children (now Lower Manhattan Hospital). During the Civil War, facing gender resistance from male doctors, the Blackwell sisters organized the Woman’s Central Relief Association, and worked with Dorothea Dix to train nurses for the Union cause.
Dr. Blackwell also spent time in her homeland of Britain to help establish a women’s medical school in London. Her professional impact as a doctor, educator and social reformer, over the course of her 40+ year career, was felt throughout Europe & the Americas. #bigoniontours#elizabethblackwell#todayinhistory#1849#eastvillage#hobartcollege#tompkinssquare#nyhistory#downtownhospital#civilwar#womenpioneers#womenwholead#immigrants#femaledoctor#caringforothers
1844 marble bust of William Charles Macready (1793-1873). One of Britian’s foremost actors. His career spanned 1819 to 1851 and he was best known for his leading roles in Shakespearian dramas. The William Behnes crafted bust is described as “captured Macready’s powerfully expressive face, which was described as featuring a ‘capacious forehead, full and flashing eye’ and delicately chiselled lips’. The bust was carved a few years before Macready’s extensive tour of America. A tour highlighted perhaps by his role in the May, 10, 1849 Astor Place Riots. A major street battle that was, on the surface, over who was a better Macbeth - Macready or American-born Edwin Forrest. The riot, at the now demolished Astor Place Theater, left more than 25 dead and 120+ injured.
Join us Friday Jan 12 at 1 p.m. or Saturday Feb 3 at 11 a.m. on our East Village tour to learn more.
William Behnes marble bust, 1844. Item 1504, National Portrait Gallery, London UK Photo by our traveling colleague - @alicejwalk #bigoniontours#astorplace#shakespeare#macbeth#williammacready#edwinforrest#astorplaceriot#1849#nychistory#walkingtour#guidedtour#eastvillage @nationalportraitgallery
#mIproject#PiecesOfALie - Steam Of Consciousness
What About Last Nite?
We Were Side By Side.
High By The Ocean.
Feelin The Sea Breeze On Our Skin.
Hot As Hell.
Pure As Heaven.
Be Ma Heart Land.
Cities Landscapes Or Desert Sand..
Touch The Sky
Blow My Mind
You're The Fire In Ma Sight.
Wolf Eyes & Love Dice
Check The Game And Play It Again.
I Am The Loser
But You're Always To Me Closer.