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  1. So who was King?

    This park is named for Herbert Von King (1912-1985). King was called the “Mayor of Bedford-Stuyvesant,” and was an active community leader for over 50 years. After completing high school, the Virginia native attended New York University and Kingsborough Community College. He founded Boy Scout Troop 219 in 1933, and later received scouting’s highest honor, the Vigil Honor. Von King, a private building contractor by profession, served as a member of the local school board, Police Civilian Committee, and the Magnolia Earth Tree Center. In 1983, he received awards from the State Senate, City Council, and 81st police precinct in recognition of his community service.

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