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East Elmhurst street renamed in memory of Helen Marshall
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
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Th e memory of former Borough
President Helen Marshall lives on in
East Elmhurst as a street in her former
neighborhood now bears her name.
On Dec. 10, more than 100 community
members, state and federal elected
offi cials braved the cold and unveiled
a new street sign at the corner of 103rd
Street and Northern Boulevard, now
named “Helen M. Marshall Boulevard,”
during a ceremony that honored all of
“I’ll always be grateful to Helen,
whom I always considered a friend and
a mentor. She was the fi rst person to
introduce me to politics when I was
just 14 years old,” said Councilwoman
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who organized
the ceremony with Assemblyman
Jeff rion Aubry and the Marshall family.
“Now as I’m close to my retirement
from politics, I’m very happy to be able
to do this last act to honor Helen’s legacy.
From now on, when someone walks
by this street, they will remember Helen
and the great work she did for our community.”
Marshall, who died on March 4, made
history by becoming the fi rst African-
American Queens borough president in
2002. Prior to this, Marshall served in
the State Assembly for eight years and
in the City Council for 10.
Born in the Bronx, Marshall graduated
from CUNY Queens College and
worked as an early childhood education
teacher for eight years. In 1969, she left
teaching to become one of the founders
and the fi rst director of the Langston
Hughes Library & Cultural Center.
Th e original location of the center sits
on the newly named Helen M. Marshall
Marshall was also active in Elmcor
Youth & Adult Activities Inc. and the
Queens County Economic Development
“Helen Marshall was a larger-thanlife
fi gure in the civic life of Queens,
the city and state of New York. During
her decades in public life, Mrs. Marshall
fought tenaciously to improve our children’s
schools, to address seemingly
intractable quality-of-life issues and
to secure a fair share of city resources
Photo courtesy of Queens Borough President’s offi ce
for Queens,” said Queens Borough
President Melinda Katz. “As the fi rst
African-American borough president
of Queens and only the second woman
to be elected to the position, Helen
Marshall was a trailblazer who inspired
many to pursue public service.”
It’s the second public tribute to
Marshall’s legacy. Last year, an atrium
at Queens Borough Hall was also
renamed in her honor.
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