Manhattan Snaps, Week of May 23, 2019

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(Photo by Calvin Wilson / NYC Parks Dept.)

On Oct. 2, 1986, the Mohandas Gandhi monument was unveiled in the southwest corner of Union Square Park. The statue is slightly bigger than life size, at 6 feet 6 inches tall, and was made by sculptor Kantilal B. Patel. It was donated by the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation and Mohan B. Murjani. The accompanying plaque includes a quote from Gandhi, who lived from 1869-1948: “My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop nonviolence… In a gentle way you can shake the world.”

(Photo by Gabe Herman)