Night at the Tomb
General Grant National Memorial (122nd St. and Riverside Dr., Manhattan)
Meet a National Park Service Ranger in the outdoor plaza in front of the memorial for an after hours visit by candlelight deep into the heart of the mausoleum as part of the sites observance of National Park Week 2011. Stand before the great granite sarcophagi of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. While you’re in the crypt, you just might find yourself exchanging glances with the busts of the five notable generals who watch over Grant’s final rest.
This is not an ordinary tour of the memorial, but a unique opportunity to experience the essence of the
building. The NPS is conducting this special event in honor of Grant’s contribution to the creation of the National Park System. In 1872, while he was President of the United States, Grant signed a law making Yellowstone the first official National Park. This year’s tour is made even more special by the 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War (2011-15), which offers the current generation of Americans the
opportunity to understand, discuss and commemorate this country’s greatest national crisis, while exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century.