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Object Name Print
Date September 11, 1858
Title Attack on the Quarantine Establishment
Description Full page from Harper's Weekly, dated September 11, 1858. Page has two engravings: "ATTACK ON THE QUARANTINE ESTABLISHMENT, ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1858" and "THE RUINS OF THE QUARANTINE ESTABLISHMENT, ON STATEN ISLAND." There is also some text on the page (not a complete article).
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History These two views illustrate a famous event that took place in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. For many years, residents had protested the establishment of a quarantine hospital for arriving immigrants, citing the spread of contagious diseases such as cholera and smallpox. Frustrated by the lack of government action, a group of local residents stormed the quarantine on the night of September 1, 1858, and, after evacuating the patients, set several of the buildings on fire. The group returned the next night and burned the remaining buildings. Several of the arsonists were arrested and two men went to trial, but the judge ruled in favor of the defendants, declaring that they had acted only to defend their life and property.

See the book ”Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900” by Barnett Shepherd for more information.
Earliest Date 1858
Latest Date 1858
Maker Harper & Brothers
Material Paper
Subjects Quarantines
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number X93.1263
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2016.
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