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Nathaniel Rochester Square Park

As Biesecker states in Remembering World War II: The Rhetoric and Politics of National Commemoration at the Turn of the 21st Century, the WWII memorial was a representation of “national reunification” (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). Biesecker also quotes Clinton in saying that “the memorial ‘will be a permanent reminder of just how much we Americans can do when we work together instead of fighting among ourselves’” (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). In researching the Nathaniel Rochester Square Park monument dedicated to Nathaniel Rochester, the founder of Rochester, NY, I discovered that the park was established in order to create a sense of community and a safe environment for residents of the South Wedge, reuniting them and reminding them of what they can do when they choose to work together for the good of the community. Biesecker also speaks about the importance of placement when it comes to memorials (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). Although my research did not lead me to a specific reason for this monument being placed in the South Wedge, the reason could be that Nathaniel Rochester is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery which is in this area.




I have passed this monument many times and never would have thought that it stood for a sense of community and safe environment. I just thought it was there to represent Nathaniel Rochester, which it is in a way.


I like that there is more to monuments then just the obvious. Sure, we’re honoring a person, but often times we are paying homage to their characteristics or what they stood for as a whole. What a beautiful moment and a beautiful message.


From looking at this picture, it is clear that this is a memorial dedicated to someone but is there engraved information anywhere declaring this? We know that this is Nathaniel Rochester, but would an outsider know this? Also, I think that the position he’s in is intriguing. He appears almost as if he is brooding on life. Great pick for a memorial!


I visited this memorial as well. Like you, I didn’t find much significance in its location, which I found to be quite interesting. You’d think, as was stated in the article, that location would be one of the most important aspects of the monument.


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