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Emma Goldman mural at Ahawath Yeshurun Shar'a Torah synagogue
638 E. 6th St.
10009 New York, NY
United States

A restored former synagogue, now called the Sixth Street Community Center, has the best neighborhood memorials to famous labor activists Emma Goldman (anarchist and social critic) and Clara Lemlich (teen-age leader of the 1909 Uprising of 20,000). The recently restored traditional marble memorial plaques have names in Yiddish, Hebrew and English, and form the base for murals from which the activists spring to life. Goldman's caption reads: “She spoke wrote and conspired. Opposed the state, religion and capitalism. She fought for ... the 8 hour day. Worked as a seamstress and midwife, loved dancing and theater...”.

The muralists who put her on a 1961 synagogue plaque donated in Stella Roth’s memory have also rescued from oblivion the name of that presumably religious woman, a particularly fitting act in a neighborhood where recycled memory and its associations have become a type of currency, a part of its evolution into the "Naye Alte Heym: the New, Old Country."

Official marker (memorial, statue, gravestone, plaque, etc.)
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Elissa Sampson

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