On Friday, September 22, 2023, NYC Parks will host live music and lectures for the unveiling of the historic James Jackson tombstone in Washington Square Park. The event will take place at 11am at Park House, 200 Washington Square, with a host of attendee’s including NYC Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner Anthony Perez and NYC Parks Art & Antiquities Director Jonathan Kuhn, who will join Washington Square Park Administrator William Morrison, City Council Member Christopher Marte, Chair of Community Board 2 Susan Kent, Consul General of the Irish Consulate Helena Nolan, Executive Director of Village Preservation Andrew Berman, New York University faculty member Marion R. Casey, Consultant Archaeologist JoanGeismar, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission Sarah Carroll, Irish singer Guen Donohue, NYU Student singer Clare Martin and members of the community, all honoring the unveiling of the historic James Jackson Tombstone.
It was On This Day, September 22nd, in 1799, that James Jackson passed away.
The New York City Parks Department Monuments Conservation Program Crew will be heading to Washington Square Park on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to begin intensive stone repairs, micro-abrasive cleaning, and chemical protection to preserve the Washington Square Arch’s masonry.
NYC Parks reinterred the fragmentary remains of early New Yorkers found during construction in and around Washington Square Park this past March, 2021.. Green-Wood Cemetery volunteered their services for excavation, which was overseen by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Director of Archaeology. The human remains were placed in a wooden box and buried five feet below grade within a planting bed in the park. An engraved paver marks the site, near the Sullivan Street and Washington Square Park South entrance.