Black History Month and Local History Highlighted
Contact: Brian Feeney, 718-354-4606
In honor of Black History Month, Gateway National Recreation Area will present a program on the racial segregation that took place at Floyd Bennett Field during World War II. The program will be given on February 28 at Floyd Bennett Field’s Ryan Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. The program is free, but reservations are required: call (718) 318 – 4300.
A program entitled, “Dreadnoughts” – will be given on Saturday, February 21 from 2– 4 p.m. The program will focus on Fort Tilden and the naval arms race that made it necessary for the fort to be built. “Dreadnoughts” will be given at the Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse and will last approximately
1 hour. For more information, call (718) 318 – 4300.
Did You Know?
Journalist Jacob Riis was called "New York's most useful citizen," by Theodore Roosevelt. Riis often accompanied Police Commissioner Roosevelt in raids exposing the hardship of life for New York City's poor and immigrant populations and published his photos in newspapers. More...