Tag: Rose Butler

July 9, 1819: Slavery, Gentrification, and the Last Execution in Washington Square

This is a re-posting of a piece written by GVSHP’s Matthew Morowitz. Sunday, July 9th marked the 198th anniversary of the last execution that took place in Washington Square – the site of our neighborhood’s now-beloved public park. To commemorate

Slavery, Gentrification, and the Last Execution in Washington Square

Nearly two hundred years ago today, on July 9th, 1819, Rose Butler was executed in the Potter’s Field located in what is now Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.  Rose, a nineteen year old black female slave, was convicted of

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