Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced plans to relaunch efforts for the city to landmark Black baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s family home, located at 5224 Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Nearly a year ago, Williams petitioned the city’s Landmarks Preservation Committee to landmark the historic home. However, on July 8, 2013, the LPC denied the petition, ruling that “the site is not eligible for individual landmark designation.” Williams is now bringing the petition to the national level and reports that he has already received 8,500 signatures on Change.org.
“There is no legitimate reason why the Landmark Preservation Commission denied our application to landmark Jackie Robinson’s historic family home,” Williams said. “The home has already been recognized by the federal government, for nearly 40 years, as a national historic landmark.”
Robinson and his family lived in the home between 1947 and 1949, when Robinson was the first Black baseball player to integrate a major league baseball team.