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Gerald MacDonald

History

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

This bronze sculpture depicts Captain Gerald MacDonald (1882–1929), a Forest Hills resident who served in the 22nd and 12th Engineers in World War I. Captain MacDonald’s brother, Henry MacDonald, a member of American Forest Hills Post 630 and naval reservist in World War I, spearheaded the effort to rename the park in honor of MacDonald. The park was dedicated in 1933 and the statue was unveiled in 1934. Post 630 donated funds for the statue that was sculpted by Frederic de Henwood, who was also Henry MacDonald’s brother-in-law.

Gerald MacDonald Details

  • Location: Queens Boulevard and 71st Street
  • Sculptor: Frederic De Henwood
  • Architect: Henry Deacy
  • Description: Standing figure (over life-size) on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze, granite
  • Cast: 1934
  • Dedicated: 1934
  • Donor: Forest Hills Post, No. 630, American Legion
  • Inscription: CAPT. GERALD MACDONALD / MEMORIAL DEDICATED BY / FOREST HILLS
    POST NO. 630 / THE AMERICAN LEGION / TO THOSE WHO SERVED / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1934/

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