Tompkins Ave. between Halsey St. and Macon St.
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This playground and the adjacent school honor abolitionist, writer, and medical practitioner, David Ruggles (1810-1849). Ruggles devoted his life to ending slavery and obtaining equality for African-Americans. He spent the majority of his life in New York City where he helped hundreds of slaves escape to Canada through the Underground Railroad.
Learn about the trials and triumphs of the black experience in the United States and how New York City honors black history in our parks today.