Day #1 Summoning the Spirit of Harper Lee



Washington Square Park

We began our journey south to Harper Lee’s hometown in the place where she wrote both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman–New York City. Our class visited Washington Square Park and saw the Washington Square Arch. A guide told us about the history of New York University, and how it has developed through the decades. Also, we learned about one of the oldest trees in New York. It was the place where many people were hanged. Our group walked through Greenwich Village, where lots of old houses are situated. We even got to see the house of the famous politician Aaron Burr. Eventually, we’ve made our way to Stonewall Inn, which is a landmark site for the gay rights movement. We learned about the creative and vibrant spirit that characterized the West Village, an energy that drew Harper Lee north during her late twenties.