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The playground named in memory of Alice Wragg Kornegay (1932-1996),  a pioneering community advocate in East Harlem.   Born in Georgetown, South Carolina, she came to East Harlem to live with cousins at the age of ten, after her parents died.  She studied social work at Baruch College, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Antioch College in Baltimore, Maryland.  She married Richard Kornegay, and together they raised a family.

Mrs. Kornegay devoted herself to improving social and economic conditions in the neighborhood where she grew up.  In 1961 she joined with members of the Chambers Memorial Baptist Church to found the Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle.  As president of this organization, Mrs. Kornegay secured financing for the construction of low income housing and helped establish a variety of institutions that have become vital social centers for the community.  These include the Community Day Care #2, Beatrice Lewis Senior Center, East Harlem Senior Center, and Salvation Army Center.  She also was a member of Community Board 11, Community School Board 5, the 25th Precinct Community Council, and the Harlem Commonwealth Council.  Alice Wragg Kornegay died in 1996.

 

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