Brooklyn Honors the Memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

America is in mourning due to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Ginsburg was a graduate of Midwood High School. When word spread that she had died on Friday, an outpouring of grief was manifested in bouquets of flowers being placed near her childhood home and at the door to her high school, Madison, in Midwood.

Announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Nominee for Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House. June 14, 1993. Photo courtesy of Sharon Farmer

Governor Andrew Cuomo has already begun the process of commissioning a statue in Ginsburg’s honor. A committee will choose an artist and location for the physical reminder of Ginsburg’s “many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work.”

New York State landmarks such as the Kosciuszko Bridge, the New York State Fairgrounds, and One World Trade Center, were bathed in blue light, the color of justice and Ginsburg’s favorite color, in her memory.

Not just flowers were seen outside Madison High School, where Ginsburg graduated in 1950. A pillar had been erected and decorated with colorful tributes. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, also came by to pay respects, followed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Borough President Eric Adams held a public remembrance gathering on Sunday at the Brooklyn Municipal Building. The New York Historical Society is planning an exhibit commemorating Ginsburg’s life, to be ready sometime next year.

A subway station was temporarily renamed to honor her memory. Adrian Wilson redid a mosaic design at the 50th Street station in Manhattan so that it read RU-th Street (instead of 50-th Street.)


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