Commemorative plaque

Object Number: 
1955.47
Date: 
1904-1910
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 1 in. ( 62.2 x 26 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
woodburning: on obverse: "IN / MEMORY OF VICTIMS / ST. LUKES / CHURCH / ON / 1904 / JUNE 15th." woodburning: on reverse: "MENORY [sic] / main / LAR"
Description: 
Handcarved and decorated plaque made of wood from the steamer "General Slocum"; vertical form with elaborately shaped top and bottom; woodburned decoration with "IN / MEMORY OF VICTIMS / ST. LUKES / CHURCH" at top, image of the steamer surrounded by angels at center, and a cross and anchor at bottom.
Gallery Label: 
In a letter written in 1955, Howard Zuckgraf, son of the maker, explained that a short time after the General Slocum disaster in 1904 his father discovered a piece of driftwood along the shore of Bayonne, in the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty, that he believed was part of one of the boat's side wheel boxes. He began to decorate the wood with an "old fashion gas type" burning iron, which burned out before the design was completed.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Rev. Paul H. Wasmund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group