Borough of Prospect Park, NJ

Prospect Park Celebrates Diversity, Unveiling Art Mural - 'One Humanity'

PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Once predominantly Dutch, some 65 nationalities make up Prospect Park's residents in 2022, according to the borough.  To celebrate the welcoming fabric of the community, one which is home to a number of faiths and backgrounds in the working-class borough, on Wednesday the borough officially unveiled a mural which encapsulates the spirit of togetherness as exemplified in the motto of the United States of America: E Pluribus Unum, or "Out of many, one."

"One Humanity," as the mural is entitled, quotes the 1883 poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, written during a time of transformative immigration into the US.  Superimposed over an image of the Statue of Liberty, the left panel reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."