Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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Delivery by flat-bed-truck to the front door of the Cathedral. Nakashima had considered the United Nations as a possible site, but said its doors were too small!
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 1 Delivery by flat-bed-truck to the front door of the Cathedral. Nakashima had considered the United Nations as a possible site, but said its doors were too small!

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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George Nakashima with his dear friend and supporter of his Peace Altar idea, George Wald, after arrival of the Altar at the Cathedral, a dream come true. Wald was a co-recipient of the “Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine” in 1967, for his work on mechanisms of vision and Higgins Professor of Biology Emeritus at Harvard University. George Wald later wrote colleagues in Russia on behalf of the Peace Table for Russia.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 5 George Nakashima with his dear friend and supporter of his Peace Altar idea, George Wald, after arrival of the Altar at the Cathedral, a dream come true. Wald was a co-recipient of the “Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine” in 1967, for his work on mechanisms of vision and Higgins Professor of Biology Emeritus at Harvard University. George Wald later wrote colleagues in Russia on behalf of the Peace Table for Russia.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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George Wald in the Cathedral, quietly contemplating the Altar with bonsai, candle, and Christmas tree in background.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 3 George Wald in the Cathedral, quietly contemplating the Altar with bonsai, candle, and Christmas tree in background.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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George Nakashima with the ecumenical Episcopal Dean James Parks Morton during the midnight dedication, with hundreds of candles held by participants
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 6 George Nakashima with the ecumenical Episcopal Dean James Parks Morton during the midnight dedication, with hundreds of candles held by participants

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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Nakashima and Dean Morton, with candle and incense burning on the Altar.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 7 Nakashima and Dean Morton, with candle and incense burning on the Altar.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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During the ceremony: From left, Marion Nakashima, Mira Nakashima, Steven C. Rockefeller, main benefactor of the Altar project, and George Wald, Nobel Laureate, and supporter of Nakashima’s vision for peace.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 9 During the ceremony: From left, Marion Nakashima, Mira Nakashima, Steven C. Rockefeller, main benefactor of the Altar project, and George Wald, Nobel Laureate, and supporter of Nakashima’s vision for peace.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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George and Marion Nakashima after the dedication. They had rented a tour bus to bring their friends to and from New Hope for the event, and celebrated at the Studio on their return.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 8 George and Marion Nakashima after the dedication. They had rented a tour bus to bring their friends to and from New Hope for the event, and celebrated at the Studio on their return.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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Celebrating Daily Mass (usually in Spanish) at the Peace Altar in the Cathedral after consecration and dedication.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 4 Celebrating Daily Mass (usually in Spanish) at the Peace Altar in the Cathedral after consecration and dedication.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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An aerial view of the first Peace Altar, showing the Eternal Flame from Hiroshima on the column.
Events 1986 Stjohnsdedication 2 An aerial view of the first Peace Altar, showing the Eternal Flame from Hiroshima on the column.

Dedication at Cathedral of St. John

New York, NY • 1986
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Dedication and Consecration of the first Peace Altar in New York City was performed on New Year's Eve by Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev. James Parks Morton, Honorary Chair of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace.