The Windsor Heart, a tribute to gay rights activist Edith Windsor, will be unique among a growing collection of memorials honoring the woman who fought for marriage equality. Set on the lawn of Southampton Town Hall, the sculptural tribute “will be a place where all people can come get married,” said Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who designed what he dubbed The Windsor Heart.
Ms. Windsor’s widow, Judith Kasen-Windsor, had reached out to the supervisor, in the hope of creating a memorial to her spouse in the town where she summered for over 40 years. Locally, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital named the Edith Windsor Center for the activist in 2019, and there are literally dozens of memorial titles, street signs, and scholarships named for her throughout the national and New York City LGBTQ community.
But The Windsor Heart Project will be different and, seeing Mr. Schneiderman’s design, Ms. Kasen-Windsor said she was thrilled. She’s pressed for recognition of her widow and said there are close to 20 things named after Edie, from a scholarship at NYU to a street in her hometown of Philadelphia, to a SAGE center in Midtown Manhattan, “The list is endless and it just keeps growing and growing,” Ms. Kasen-Windsor related.
“I spoke to Jay and I said, ‘What about naming a street or a statute or something?’ And he came up with the concept of the heart, and … [more]