Statue honoring author given landmark status

A statue honoring the work of a legendary Brooklyn author and illustrator became a landmark Friday in Prospect Park.

A statue honoring the work of a legendary Brooklyn author and illustrator became a landmark Friday in Prospect Park.

A statue honoring the work of a legendary Brooklyn author and illustrator became a landmark Friday in Prospect Park. (6/11/16)

BROOKLYN - A statue honoring the work of a legendary Brooklyn author and illustrator became a landmark Friday in Prospect Park.

The bronze statue of Ezra Jack Keats' characters Peter and his dog Willie at the Imagination Playground has been declared a literary landmark by the New York City Parks Department.

Keats passed away in 1983, and a celebration was held honoring his 100th birthday. Students were treated to a reading of a few of Keats' most famous books.

The celebration concludes today with a concert at 4 p.m. in Prospect Park.

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