Highbridge Doughboy Rededication
Friday, September 28, 2018
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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The Highbridge World War I Memorial, also known as the Highbridge Doughboy, honoring the 21 local servicemen who died while serving their country in World War I, will be rededicated in Macombs Dam Park at 161st Street and Jerome Avenue!
The sculpture, which was commissioned by the Highbridge Regular Democratic Club, was erected in 1923 in a small triangle park east of the Washington Bridge in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. It was later moved to a small vestpocket park adjacent to the bridge, today known as Bridge Park. After suffering incidences of vandalism and damage throughout the 1970s, the sculpture was removed from public view while the pedestal remained in Bridge Park.
With support from The World War I Commission's 100 Cities/100 Memorials Grant Program and the History Channel, NYC Parks Citywide Monuments Conservation Program has restored the bronze Doughboy sculpture and replicated the monument's central plaque. As part of an NYC Parks Capital project, the pedestal will be relocated from Bridge Park to a redesigned site at 161st Street and Jerome Avenue and the restored Doughboy sculpture will be reinstalled.
This event is free and open to the public.