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Crotona Parkway Malls

Happy Land Memorial map_it

  • Location: Southern Boulevard and Tremont Avenue
  • Architect: Steve de Noyer; Claire Dudley; José Antonio Velásquez
  • Description: Obelisk and pedestal
  • Materials: Rose granite (smooth honed)
  • Dimensions: Obelisk H: 9'6" (?) W: 3' D: 3'; Pedestal H: 1'3" W: 5' D: 5'
  • Cast: ca. 1995
  • Dedicated: June 17, 1995
  • Fabricator: A. Ottavino Corp.
  • Inscription: IN MEMORY / OF THE / 87 MEN AND WOMEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / IN THE / HAPPY LAND / SOCIAL CLUB FIRE / AT 1959 SOUTHERN BLVD. / WEST OF THIS SITE / ON MARCH 25, 1990 / DEDICATED 1995 / MAY THEY ALL BE HAPPY IN ETERNITY / ALTHOUGH WE CANNOT SEE THEM / FOREVER THEY WILL BE / A BEAUTIFUL PART OF OUR HEARTS' MEMORY / [87 NAMES]

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