Flatbush Avenue co-named in honor of influential Haitian pioneer
Motorists, pedestrians and store owners along Flatbush Avenue can now look up and see a new name on top of one of the busiest avenues in Brooklyn.
With the high Haitian population in the area, the avenue will now honor a significant figure in the Haitian community with the name of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Boulevard.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was a Haitian pioneer who travelled to the United States and settled in Chicago. He is recognized as the founder of that city.
Du Sable helped translate for the English, French, Spanish and Indigenous people.
With the difficult circumstances in Haiti now, elected officials hope the street co-naming will serve as a beacon of hope for the Haitian community.
For anyone who wants to take a look at the new name, they can find it on the corner of Clarendon Road and Flatbush Avenue.