In East Flatbush Thursday, Councilman Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) called for the city to make the home of Jackie Robinson a protected landmark. The legendary number 42 lived in the home for between 1947 and 1949, the same time he became the first player to break baseball’s color barrier, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The home is already a federal landmark but city status would give it far more comprehensive protection, Williams said, envisioning a museum at the site one day. Williams hopes the home will serve as a teaching tool “for generations to come,” he said.
Williams was joined by Rose Bowman and her family. Bowman is part-owner of the house and the niece of Christopher and Elenore Palen, the couple who rented out to Robinson. A group of fifth grade students from P.S. 244 – located just a block away from the home – also came, along with Sandy the Seagull, mascot of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The Robinson home can be found at 5224 Tilden Avenue.
(Photos: Bryan Koenig / The Brooklyn Ink)