Titanic Trivia: The Bronx

Photo by Joseph Edgette.

Did you know that Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, is the final resting place of more Titanic passengers—including the most famous couple to go down with the ship—than any other site in the United States!? As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, visit Woodlawn Cemetary for an interesting adventure.

·         Isidor and Ida Straus—Ida was one of the few first-class women who died on the Titanic.  She perished alongside her husband, Isidor Straus, the owner of Macy’s department store.  According to survivors, Isidor refused to board a lifeboat until all women and children were saved, and Ida refused to leave without him, saying, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.”

·         Col. Archibald Gracie IV—a survivor of the sinking, Col. Gracie IV was hailed as a hero for his efforts to help many passengers to the lifeboats.  He was swept off the Titanic as it sank, but survived by standing knee deep in water on an overturned lifeboat.  He died nine months after the disaster, never having fully recovered from the physical trauma of that night. His funeral at Woodlawn was attended by members of his regiment together with many fellow Titanic survivors.

·         Henry Sleeper Harper and Myra Haxton Harper—Henry was the director of Harper & Brothers Publishing House and he had an earlier narrow escape in 1902 when a ship on which he was sailing rammed an iceberg.  His luck held on the Titanic as well, and he, his wife, and his Pekinese, named Sun Yat Sen, all were able to get on a lifeboat.  Sun Yat Sen was one of only two dogs to survive the sinking.

The Cemetery is open free of charge every day from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for self-guided tours, and on Sunday, April 29 Woodlawn is hosting a special Titanic event, which will visit each of the memorials honoring Woodlawn’s 12 victims and survivors.

Visit http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org/site/ for more information


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  1. If I’m not mistaken, there’s a brief scene in the movie that kind of depicts Isidor and Ida Strauss. Never knew some dogs were aboard and saved too. A trip to this cemetery is perfect for a fun history lesson with the kids.

    The Titanic feature on National Geographic was incredible.


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