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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Wed Nov 27, 2013.

The students of The Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates will honor the visit of President George Washington to Jamaica 223 years ago with the dedication of a bronze plaque at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 during a ceremony at the school

During research for their book “Images of America: Jamaica,” the students were delighted to learn that the first president of the United States visited Jamaica in 1790 during a presidential tour of Long Island. They learned that Washington dined and spent the night in an inn that once stood at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard Washington made a notation of it in his diary on April 20, 1790: “I crossed to Brooklyn … thence through Jamaica where we lodged in a tavern kept by one Warne … a pretty good and decent house.”

It was the student’s who wanted a historical plaque at the site. They raised funds, wrote the historical text and got the plaque that will be placed after the Dec. 10 ceremony on the exterior wall of the Federal Building that stands where the tavern once did.

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