General Slocum Memorial
created with Abby Tobin
Lab: City Cultures - Spring Semester
The General Slocum Disaster was considered the largest tragedy in New York City until September 11th. On June 15th, 1904, 1,342 people boarded the steamboat for their annual church picnic. The ship began to sail up the East River toward Long Island, and suddenly a fire erupted, resulting in the deaths of 1,021 passengers, many of whom were women and children. This work was created as a memorial to the victims of the tragic event. Cut-paper figures rest peacefully on a wooden abstraction of the ship. The victims’ names and ages appear around the perimeter of the piece.