Markham Playground

Willowbrook Pkwy., Forest Ave. to Houston St.

Staten Island

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

This playground is named after political poet and Staten Island resident, Edwin Markham (1852-1940).

Born Charles Edward Anson Markham on April 22nd, 1852 in Oregon City, Oregon, Markham moved to California at the age of five with his mother after his father’s death. There he attended school and worked as a farm laborer until he began studying at California College in 1868. In 1872, Markham became a teacher in the San Francisco school system, then a principal. He would later become the headmaster of the Tompkins Observation School of the University of California, a position he held for about ten years. It was as a teacher, Markham later said, that he developed a social conscience.

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