1934 September 10

New York City Opens Ten Parks to Public Meetings


The City of New York announced on this day that ten city parks would be opened to public meetings. The ACLU, meanwhile, demanded that all of the city-owned parks should be open for meetings and public protests. Battles over public use of the city’s parks continued for years.

The battle over freedom of speech and assembly in the New York City parks continued for decades. A quarter of a century later, the city tried to stop folk singing in Washington Square Park near Greenwich Village, but finally lost the battle (April 11, 1961, and May 14, 1961).

Learn more about freedom of assembly: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/category/assembly

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