De Hostos Playground
Harrison Ave. between Walton St. and Lorimer St.
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This playground is named for Eugenio Maria De Hostos (1839-1903), the 19th century Puerto Rican revolutionary, reformer, and educator. Born January 11, 1839, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, De Hostos made his way to Spain at age 13 to study at the Instituto de Segunda Enseñanza de Bilbao. In 1857, he went to the Universidad Central in Madrid, and stayed in Spain until 1869, when he traveled to New York City to work for the Cuban revolutionary paper La Revolución. In 1871, he went to South America to support liberation movements, such as the freedom of Chinese workers in Peru, education for women in Chile, and the Trans-Andean Railroad in Argentina. In 1877, he started teaching in Caracas, Venezuela, where he married Belinda de Ayala.