Dedication ceremony for Delacorte Theater in Central Park

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Morris Newbold introduces Joe Papp.

Joe Papp speaks about the long road to the realization of the Delacorte Theater. He speaks about how the theater's foundation is a testament to democracy, and note the significance of keeping Shakespeare in the Park free.

Papp quotes the WNYC pre-war era sign-off, attributing it to Mayor LaGuardia, "This is New York, a city of opportunity where nearly 8 million people live in peace and harmony and enjoy the benefits of democracy."

He reads a message from Jackie Kennedy.

Newbold thanks many responsible for the completion of this project. He speaks about the architect, and makes a great tribute to the generosity of George T. Delacorte Jr. and dedicates the theater in his name.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 42731