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Captain Jacob Joseph Playground

Rutgers St. and Henry St.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground, bounded by Henry and Rutgers Streets, is named in memory of Captain Jacob Joseph (1920-1942), a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and scion of a family devoted to religious education and civic affairs. Born and raised in New York, Joseph left Columbia University as a junior in 1938 to enlist in the Marines. Joseph died in action at Guadalcanal on October 22, 1942. Five years later, a local law named this playground in his honor. The dedication ceremony was attended by Mayor William O’Dwyer, Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, Councilman Stanley Isaacs, and Joseph’s father, City Comptroller, Lazarus Joseph. Parks also unveiled a bronze commemorative plaque on the flagstaff, which celebrates the life and bravery of Capt. Joseph.

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Captain Jacob Joseph Playground Weather

  • Wed
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    75°F
  • Thu
    Mostly Sunny
    76°F
  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    70°F
  • Sat
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