New York City to Name 16 Parks After Prominent African Americans

New York City is naming 16 parks for prominent Black Americans, and it’s just in time for Juneteenth.

As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, one by one, the names of 16 city parks were unveiled Wednesday.

The unveiling is part of an ongoing initiative by the Parks Department that’s meant to honor the Black American experience.

“We had to do something to show solidarity with the Black community and really address some of the systemic racism were experienced all of our lives,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Silver says, with the help of public input, the department chose several parks to either name or rename after prominent Black individuals with strong ties to the city.

Wednesday’s announcement was made at Mullaly Park in the Bronx. It’s being renamed after Rev. T Wendell Foster, the first African American from the Bronx elected to City Council. Officials says some parks, like Mullaly, were chosen to rename because of their namesakes have a problematic history. John Mullaly had ties to slavery.

“As our kids walk through this community, they will see our local heroes and know about their history, and know their heroes look like them,” said New York state Assembly member Amanda Septimo.

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SOURCE: CBS New York

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