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Brooklyn Heights tour honors Walt Whitman on his 199th birthday

May 30, 2018 By Esther Shittu Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Walt Whitman. AP photo
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On Thursday, The Walt Whitman Project and St. Francis College will host a reception and walking tour of Brooklyn Heights to commemorate the 199th birthday of poet and “Leaves of Grass” writer Walt Whitman.

Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 and lived in Brooklyn for 28 years. The tour includes Brooklyn Borough Hall, Rome Brothers Print Shop, where the first edition of “Leaves of Grass” was printed in 1855, and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, where Whitman worked as an editor from March 1846 to January 1848. Whitman’s poems and prose will be read during the tour. An American Opera Projects singer will also perform music inspired by Whitman. Greg Trupiano, artistic administrator of The Walt Whitman Project, will lead the walking tour.

In the case of rain, a virtual tour will be given at St. Francis College’s Callahan Center. Otherwise, the reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the tour starts at 6 p.m. The tour is free but limited to 30 people.

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