Herbert Von King was a tireless neighborhood activist nicknamed “the Mayor of Bed-Stuy. He worked tirelessly to serve his community for over fifty years. In 1933 he founded Boy Scout Troop 219 to provide a constructive outlet for the local boys. This earned him the Vigil award, one of the highest honors one can get form the organization. While working as a contractor, Mr. Von King served on the local school board, the Police Civilian Committee, and the Magnolia Earth Tree Center (a conservationist organization). Herbert Von King Park was dedicated to this civic leader in 1985 and this was the first park designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the same men who designed Prospect Park and Central Park.
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