Joseph I. Segall Square
After World War II, many of our Jewish young men came back from the war, returned to school, and opened businesses in the city. For several young Jewish men who were killed in battle, monuments had been erected in their memory. One such monument is for Joseph Irving Segall whose monument is in front of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue on the corner of County and Hawthorn Street, called Segall Square.Another memorial is the Kaplan memorial in the South end on Bolton St. A third monument to Gary Cohen is located in Dartmouth by Hixville Rd just behind the Dartmouth Mall.
Ensign Joseph Segall
1949 dedication parade
Current location of the plaque
The city square at Hawthorn and County streets was named the “ Ensign Joseph Irving Segall Square ” by City Council on June 24, 1948 . Ensign Segall, born in 1917 in New Bedford, was the first Jewish youth killed in World War II. The son of a prominent local physician, Segall was killed when his plane crashed in the North Pacific in July of 1942, while serving in the Navy. Through the efforts of the Jewish War Veterans New Bedford Post 154, under the leadership of post commander Louis Barroll, the square was dedicated, and a plaque installed on a wall in front of the Jewish Community Center on April 10, 1949, accompanied by a parade which started at the New Bedford Hotel on Pleasant Street and traveled down Union Street to the County Street intersection. The wall was later knocked down accidentally, and the plaque moved to its current site across the street, on the grounds of Ahavath Achim.