Hornaday Garden


Hornaday Street spans a few blocks between Southern Boulevard and Bronx Park South. It is named for William Temple Hornaday founder of the Bronx Zoo, as is a small garden on the street. Hornaday was extremely influential and passionate in the field of wildlife conservation and also an open, unrepentant racist. The most notorious incident that happened on Hornaday’s watch, the exhibition of Ota Benga, an African man, in the Bronx Zoo as a missing link between humans and apes. Perhaps it’s time to change the name of Hornaday Street or for something to be renamed for Ota Benga. Ota Benga’s people, the Bambuti, still are victims of abuse and ethnic cleansing to this day.

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