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1776: Ruins of Trinity Church

Painting by Thomas Barrow depicting the ruins of Trinity church. British and American forces had been fighting for control of New York throughout the summer of 1776. The clergy of Trinity Church remained loyal to the British crown and their duties as such. By autumn of that year, the church building was stripped of royal insignia and bells and burned to the ground. This pile of rubble is all that was left of it after the Revolutionary War.

Artist Credit: Thomas Barrow. Reprinted with permission.

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