The Astor Place Riot Happened Here

Manhattan: Greenwich Village/
Astor Place at Eighth St.

The class rivalries of the 1840s erupted into the second deadliest riot in New York's history. When working class and nativist supporters of American actor Edwin Forrest interrupted British actor William Macready's staging of Macbeth, the police and militia were brought in to deadly effect. Over 30 protesters were killed by police (or died of their injuries later) and over 100 of the police and militia were injured.

Posted February 19, 2013 by gstavrou

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