November 7, 2014

Commemorative Markers Honoring Super Cop Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Unveiled

Portrait of Lt. Joseph Petrosino by master sculptor Carter R. Jones
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Wednesday, November 5th, members of the Italian American community, the NYPD and NYC Parks Department gathered at Petrosino Square (Kenmare St., Lafayette St., and Cleveland Place) in Manhattan for the unveiling of new markers honoring heroic police officer Lt. Joseph Petrosino (1860-1909).
To the delight of the crowd, the bronze bas-reliefs (mounted on the brick columns at the Kenmare Street park entrance) were unveiled around noon. They were created by master sculptor Carter R. Jones, FNSS. 
After the formalities, celebrants mingled and admired the park's new artwork. Later, we were invited back to the Italian American Museum (155 Mulberry Street) by President Dr. Joseph Scelsa to keep the festivities rolling.
For more on Lt. Joseph Petrosino see Knight Without Fear and Without Reproach
The ceremony kicked off with the National Anthem
Police Chaplain Reverend Monsignor Joseph J. Zammit
gives a Benediction and blesses the plaques
Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art & Antiquities for the NYC Parks Department
James C. Lisa, President of the Petrosino Association in America
Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President of the Italian American Museum
Lt. Petrosino's grandnephew, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Petrosino
Pipers from the NYPD Emerald Society pay tribute to Lt. Petrosino
The plaques are unveiled
Celebrants and organizers take a group photo
A proud moment for the Petrosino family
President of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
Joseph DiPietro with Assistant District Attorney Joseph Petrosino
Plaque immortalizing Lt. Petrosino's achievmments