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Brooklyn Public Library seeks name for statue that once belonged to original Brooklyn Eagle

October 9, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

The Brooklyn Public Library is seeking the public’s help in giving a name to a 6-foot-tall copper-cast statue of an eagle that once symbolized the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The eagle now calls the grand lobby of the BPL Central Library at Grand Army Plaza home, but it has perched in many locations in Downtown Brooklyn over the years, according to Metro.

It originally graced the home of the old Eagle at Johnson and Washington streets. After the newspaper’s demise in 1955, it passed into the hands of the Brooklyn Historical Society, even though for 20 years it was housed at the Brooklyn Museum.

BHS loaned the statue to BPL in 1997, and the society made the eagle statue a permanent gift this year, Metro reported.

The naming contest officially started on Monday, and all submissions must be filed by 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. So far, BPL has received more than 100 submissions.

Readers are invited to add their suggested names at bklynlibrary.org/name-bpl-historic-eagle.

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