FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 12, 2021
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- Adam Ullian
COUNCIL MEMBER MATHIEU EUGENE PARTNERS WITH SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON THE BLACK, LATINO, AND ASIAN CAUCUS, AND THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY TO CO-NAME FLATBUSH AVENUE AS JEAN BAPTISTE POINT DU SABLE BOULEVARD IN HONOR OF THE HAITIAN IMMIGRANT AND FOUNDER OF CHICAGO
November 12th, 2021 (Brooklyn, NY) – Council Member Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with Speaker Corey Johnson, The Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, The Haitian Solidarity Inc, The Haitian Council for Unity and Empowerment, The Haitian History and Culture, Inc, For The Love of Haiti, Community Leaders, and Elected Officials, will co-name Flatbush Avenue as Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Boulevard in honor of the extraordinary Haitian who is considered The Founder of Chicago. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 14th, 2021 from 4-6pm at the corner of Clarendon Road and Flatbush Avenue.
Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable was a Haitian pioneer who traveled to the United States and settled in what is today known as Peoria and Chicago, Illinois, and he is recognized by historians as the founder of Chicago. His ability to translate for different cultures including The English, French, Spanish, and Native American people solidified his role as a valued entrepreneur and frontiersman. Du Sable will forever be remembered for having been the catalyst that transformed Chicago from a small trading post into the major metropolis and economic center it is today.
“In 2019, I was honored to co-sponsor Intro 1631, voted overwhelmingly by The City Council, to co-name Flatbush Avenue between Empire Avenue and Foster Avenue in honor of Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, and on Sunday we will come together as a community to celebrate this wonderful occasion,” said Council Member Eugene.
“I am excited for the opportunity to bring all New Yorkers together as they stand alongside the Haitian community to embrace and celebrate our heritage and to build a more prosperous future for Haitian-Americans. So many leaders from many different ethnic backgrounds have given their support to help Haiti through the many crises it has faced, and I am forever grateful to them for their concern and humanitarian gestures. Despite these setbacks, we must remember that the Haitian people are strong, resilient, and courageous, and we must continue to focus on positive actions that reflect the vision and passion of our ancestors.
At Sunday’s street co-naming, we will recognize our common heritage and embrace the legacy of a man who crossed cultural boundaries to achieve progress for humanity. The values and intrepid spirit that Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable embodied during his lifetime are a profound example of how we must collectively work together to improve our global society for future generations. That is the importance of this moment and this cultural event, to serve as a sense of inspiration and empowerment so that we may carry on the legacy of our ancestors.”
- WHO: Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Speaker Corey Johnson, The Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, Leaders from The Haitian Community
- WHAT: The Co-Naming of Flatbush Avenue as Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Boulevard
- WHERE: Northeast corner of Clarendon Road and Flatbush Avenue
- WHEN: Sunday, November 14th, 2021 from 4-6pm.