Unbuilt New York: National American Indian Memorial

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New York National American Indian Memorial
Proposed National American Indian Memorial in New York City (Queens Museum)

The National American Indian Memorial was a proposed monument to Native Americans to be built on the site of Fort Tompkins in Staten Island, near the entrance to New York Harbor.

The project was the brainchild of Rodman Wanamaker, a department store magnate and patron of the arts. Congress set aside the federal land needed for the memorial in 1911, but neither it, nor any other government agency, provided funding. Wanamaker was unwilling to fund the whole thing himself and the project fizzled out during World War I.

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