NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two subway stations in Brooklyn will be renamed to honor civil rights activist Medgar Evers and his namesake college this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
The Franklin Avenue station on Eastern Parkway and the President Street station on Nostrand Avenue, both of which are in Crown Heights, will be renamed “Franklin Avenue-Medgar Evers College station” and “President Street-Medgar Evers College station,” respectively, “later this fall,” Cuomo said in a press release.
Medgar Evers College, which is part of the City University of New York, is a few blocks from both stations. A white supremacist assassinated Evers on June 12, 1963, as the 37-year-old civil rights leader was returning home from an NAACP meeting in Mississippi.
“Medgar Evers was a hero whose life was taken during the historic movement to establish civil rights long denied to African Americans in this nation, and New York is proud to be home to Medgar Evers College,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“By renaming these subway stations in honor (of) the college, New York is not only celebrating a historic figure and institution, but embracing our diversity, which will always be our greatest strength, in our public spaces,” he added.
Plans to rename the subways for Evers were already in the works prior to Cuomo’s Thursday announcement, but a time frame for the renaming hadn’t yet been announced.
A bill sponsored by Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and state Senator Zellnor Myrie that called for the renamings passed last June. Cuomo signed the bill into law this past December.
Richardson, who is a Medgar Evers alum, said in a statement that she was “confident that the community will join me in celebrating this well-deserved recognition of the college and its namesake.”
“That this is happening during this critical period of change in our nation’s history is serendipitous,” she added.