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Petrosino Square

Lt. Joseph Petrosino Plaques

  • Location: South entrance piers; Kenmare and Lafayette Streets at Cleveland Place
  • Sculptor: Carter Jones
  • Description: 2 bronze plaques mounted into gate posts
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Dimensions: West plaque: H: 21 3/4" W: 17 1/2"; East plaque: H: 22" W: 17 1/2"
  • Cast: 2013
  • Dedicated: 11/5/14
  • Foundry: Elliot Gantz & Co. Fine Art Bronze Sculpture Casting Foundry
  • Donor: NYPD Columbia Association & Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America, Inc.
  • Inscription: West plaque:
    LIEUTENANT JOSEPH PETROSINO /

    JOSEPH (GIUSEPPE) PETROSINO (1860-1909) WAS THE FIRST / ITALIAN-AMERICAN LIEUTENANT AND DETECTIVE IN THE NEW YORK / CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. PETROSINO FORMED THE "ITALIAN / BRANCH," AN ELITE CORPS OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN UNDERCOVER / POLICE THAT COMBATED THE "BLACK HAND" (MANO NERO) CRIME / ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA AND ITALY. AS A RESULT, THOUSANDS OF / ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURES WERE ARRESTED. HE ALSO FOUNDED THE / BOMB AND CANINE SQUADS, THE FIRST UNITS OF THEIR KIND IN THE / UNITED STATES. /

    PETROSINO WAS KILLED IN PALERMO, MAKING HIM THE ONLY NEW / YORK CITY POLICER OFFICER TO LOSE HIS LIFE IN THE LINE OF DUTY / OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. UPON HIS DEATH, PRESIDENT / THEODORE ROOSEVELT DECLARED, " PETROSINO WAS A GREAT MAN / AND A GOOD MAN..HE DID NOT KNOW THE NAME OF FEAR." MANY / THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS ATTENDED HIS STATE FUNERAL. /

    JOSEPH PETROSINO REMAINS A SYMBOL OF JUSTICE AND SOCIAL / RESPONSIBILITY THROUGHOUT THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE / DEPARTMENT. THE LIEUTENANT DETECTIVE JOSEPH PETROSINO / AWARDS ARE PRESENTED TO OUTSTANDING POLICE OFFICES AND / OTHER DISTINGUISHED INDIVIDUALS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT./

    East Plaque:
    LIEUTENANT JOSEPH PETROSINO /

    BORN 1860, PADULA (SA) ITALY /
    DIED 1909, PALERMO, ITALY /
    NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT 1885-1909 /
    [NYPD Insignia] [ Padula, Italy insignia]

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