The Hancock Park-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is working to further the legacy of Haym Salomon, a Jewish hero of the American Revolution.
Stephanie Boyd, a member of the LA-Eschscholtzia Chapter, was a delegate at DAR’s 123rd annual Continental Congress recently in Washington, D.C. While there she submitted a proposal to the U.S. Historian General’s Office for a new marker to be dedicated at a statue of Salomon at Pan Pacific Park.
Already approved by the city of L.A., the new marker—made of Israel limestone and bronze—has a longer narrative on the war hero than the existing plaque on his statue, said Boyd.
“It’s been a labor of love… People think there were no Jewish people at the American Revolution, so it’s good to be reminded,” Boyd added. Originating in the 1940s, the statue had been moved from McArthur and other parks before settling in Pan Pacific Park in 1984. Legend has it George Washington, out of funds, food and supplies for his troops, called out “Send for Haym Salomon.”
A banker and broker, Salomon responded by raising the necessary funds enabling Washington to carry on with the Yorktown campaign, winning the final battle of the Revolution. Salomon
provided supplies and financial assistance while traveling with the troops, and became a broker for the new country’s office of finance. The marker is expected to be dedicated this year as part of the Hancock Park chapter’s 120-year anniversary.
Councilman Tom LaBonge and the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition are among supporters. So too are the Jewish War Veterans, the Pan Pacific Advisory Board and the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust.
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