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New York dedicates East River State Park to LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson

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New Yorkers now have a brand-new reason to love one of the city’s best waterfront parks.

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that East River State Park in Williamsburg would be dedicated to LGBTQ civil rights activist Marsha P. Johnson.

That’s a huge deal for a number of reasons, but two interesting facts are that it marks the first time a New York State Park has honored an LGBTQ person and transgender woman of color. About time!

The announcement also revealed that it would be more than just the park’s name getting an upgrade.

Additional improvements, set to be completed by next summer, include a new park house and education center, resurfacing deteriorating concrete, new park furniture and, coolest of all, a public art installation honoring the life of Marsha P. Johnson.

That installation will stand alongside interpretive materials on Johnson’s life as well as information on the larger LGBTQ movement.

“Too often, the marginalized voices that have pushed progress forward in New York and across the country go unrecognized, making up just a fraction of our public memorials and monuments,” said Governor Cuomo in a statement . “Marsha P. Johnson was one of the […]

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