Campbell was not struck here by an automobile, as the style of the memorial might have suggested. Rather, she was an ID-less jogger who collapsed in Fort Greene on the evening of July 19 last year, at the corner of Washington and Gates avenues; the body was later identified by her fiancé.
The bench is part of Prospect Park's Commemorative Bench Program, a spokesman for the park, Eugene Patron, confirmed. Adopting an existing bench costs $2,500, but installing a new bench costs twice that. ("The location of new benches need to be discussed with the [Prospect Park] Alliance’s Development office," Patron wrote in an e-mail, "which consults with the park’s Design & Construction and Operations offices on requested placement locations.")
Campell's fiancé, Louis Cuffari, did not comment on whether the spot had any special significance when reached by e-mail. When last passed, most of the pink roses that surrounded the bench had died or disappeared.
Here's how it looked: