2006-07-06 / Top Stories

East Flatbush Street Co-Named For Jamaican Icon

Amir Akbar (left Bennett Silverman (right)
Amir Akbar (left Bennett Silverman (right) Church Avenue was formally co-named Bob Marley Boulevard in a ceremony held last Saturday, nearly two months after the City Council approved the proposal submitted by Councilmember Charles Barron, who represents the 42nd District. During the event, Barron said, "This is a historic day...(Bob Marley's) powerful messages...have been a positive force for communties all over the world."

Church Avenue, between Remsen Avenue and East 98th Street, was closed to vehicular traffic for the ceremony, attended by, among others, Jamaican Consul Dr. Basil K. Bryan, the late Reggae music legend's son Rohan Marley, members of Community Board 17 and elected officials, at which time the new street sign was unveiled.

Born Robert Nesta Marley, the young man led a remarkable life, leaving behind a legacy of music that continues to move listenersd around the world some 25 years after his death.

Holding a replica of the street sign is Barron (second from left) next to Rohan Marley.

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