Notable landmarks include (from left to right): The Arsenal Building/Convention Hall (GeVa Theatre) and The Soldiers and Sailors monument.

View the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Washington Square Park, Rochester, NY.

Circa 1907.


Dedicated on Memorial Day,1892, by President William Harrison, the Solidiers' and Sailors' Monument in Washington Square Park commemorated those Rochesterians who gave their lives during the Civil War.

The monument and park would host many of Rochester's political rallies and speeches, from Frederick Douglass to the protest of the Vietnam War, the Occupy Rochester movement and the recent immigration ban.

Ironically, Elisha Johnson (Rochester's fifth mayor), donated the land for the park in 1817 and later moved to Tennessee along with his brother, Dr. Ebenezer Johnson (Buffalo's first mayor). Both owned the Tellico Iron Works and played a part in the war by supplying the Confederates munitions. Upon destroying their iron ore mine, General Sherman pardoned Elisha Johnson based on his northern origin. Elisha returned to Ithaca, where he died in 1866.

Present-day view would be from the corner of Court Street and St. Mary's Place, click here.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Rochester, N.Y.

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