NYC Honorary Street Names
Melvina Headley Square (Brooklyn)
Location:Intersection of Hegeman Avenue and Essex Street.
Honoree: Melvina Headley (1920-1994) was responsible for the first massive voter registration drive in East New York. In the 1970s she started the East New York Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also active in her church and tenant association, in Democratic politics, and in organizations serving seniors and youth. After many years as a teachers aide in the public schools, she retired in 1991, but continued to be active, spending much time in tutoring youth. On July 22, 1994 she was killed in an accident at this intersection.
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