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Child's dress

Object Number: 
2004.26.1
Date: 
1905
Medium: 
Cotton, lace
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 x 31 1/2 in. ( 48.3 x 80 cm )
Description: 
White cotton child's dress with blonde lace trim at neck, handkerchief sleeves and hem; missing button closures at back.
Gallery Label: 
This dress belonged to Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon, the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster, which occurred on June 15, 1904 when the ship suddenly caught fire on the East River. Adella wore the dress at the dedication ceremony of the General Slocum monument on June 15, 1905, during which the 1,021 passengers who had perished were honored, including Adella's sisters, Anna and Helen, whose body was never recovered.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Adella "Tiby" Liebenow Wotherspoon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group