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Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech

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Bowne House Tablet

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  • Location: Bowne St. and 37th Avenue and Fox Lane
  • Description: Plaque
  • Dedicated: 1963
  • Donor: New York Community Trust
  • Inscription: LANDMARKS OF NEW YORK / BOWNE HOUSE / THIS HOUSE, BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST IN THE / CITY, WAS BUILT IN 1661 BY JOHN BOWNE, AN/ENGLISHMAN WHO BECAME A QUAKER. FOR PERMITTING / QUAKER MEETINGS IN THIS BUILDING HE WAS IMPRISONED / IN 1662 AND SENT TO HOLLAND FOR TRIAL. HIS DEFENSE / OF TOLERANCE WON A PARDON FOR HIM AND GREATER / FREEDOM OF WORSHIP FOR NEW NETHERLAND. IN 1945 / THE HOUSE WAS ACQUIRED BY THE BOWNE HOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR PRESERVATION AS A / SHRINE TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. / PLAQUE ERECTED 1963 BY / THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST

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