Today in LES History: Ukranian Poet Taras Shevchenko is Born

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 at 10:00 am by

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Taras Shevchenko on the money, Photo: Wikipedia

March 9, 1814 – Ukrainian poet Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko was born in the former Russian Empire. Many consider his writings to be the foundation of modern Ukranian literature, and to an extent, written Ukranian language itself.

Born into serfdom and orphaned at age 11, Shevchenko was imprisoned and exiled by 33 for promoting an independent Ukraine through his work, which is widely considered to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature.

By the 1950s, over 60,000 Ukrainians called the East Village home, and Taras Shevchenko Place, a small street between East 6th and East 7th Streets (behind Cooper Union), was named for the national hero in 1978.

Compiled by Lower East Side History Project, an award-winning non-profit organization which offers research, consulting and daily public and private walking tours. See the full schedule here: http://leshp.org

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