The Change.org petition calling for landmarking Whitman’s former Brooklyn home on Ryerson Street has just tipped past 5,000 signatures!
As Whitman’s 200th birthday approaches on May 31st, 2019, the Coalition (housed in the Walt Whitman Initiative) remains committed to designating this home, the Leaves of Grass House, as an individual city landmark.
Whitman lived in the house when he first published Leaves of Grass – and it is the only remaining Whitman residence of over 30 that formerly stood in Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is also one of the earliest LGBTQ landmarks in New York City. Prior to the Coalition’s efforts starting in 2017, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center attempted to arrange for a cultural medallion on the building.
While our efforts continue to morph as the campaign unfolds beyond our public push in 2018, we look forward to continuing the effort with you this Bicentennial year!
Cheers on behalf of the:
Coalition to Save Walt Whitman’s House