WASHINGTON PARK CONSERVANCY

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The Washington Park Conservancy works with the City of Albany to help guide the restoration and maintenance of historic Washington Park.

About Washington Park

Albany’s Washington Park is “one of the nation’s 100 most important parks” according to the American Association of Architects.

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More history about Henry Johnson, Albany's World War I hero. The Henry Johnson monument in Washington Park is located near the Willett Street & Madison Avenue entrance to the Park.Can you read what the trolley sign says? The trolley sign contains a slogan that the military used in a campaign to recruit and sell war stamps. The sign is an allusion to Sergeant Henry Johnson, a WWI soldier from Albany who earned praises from former president Theodore Roosevelt and France's highest military honor for his bravery in WWI.

Johnson came home in 1919 to a parade in Fifth Avenue. His story was largely forgotten and was thought to have been buried in an anonymous grave in Albany until 2001, when his son discovered that Johnson was buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in 1929. Henry Johnson was posthumously honored with the Medal of Honor in 2015.
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[West Albany Trolley with Henry Johnson Stamp Ad, State Street, 1918, gelatin silver print, 8 h x 10 w, Albany Institute of History & Art Library, Ser6 B2 num 73m, DI 1044]

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The Washington Park Conservancy was founded in 1985 to preserve, protect and promote historic Washington Park in Albany, New York

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