NYC Honorary Street Names


Mrs. Ponsie B. Hillman Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the northwest corner of Columbus Avenue and West 71st Street
Honoree: Ponsie B. Hillman (1918-2008) was a retired teacher and former Assistant Treasurer of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). In 1963, she received a Teacher of the Year award for her work in educating African-American children who were denied access to schools due to desegregation efforts. During her tenure at the UFT, she served on the Executive Board; organized the AfroAmerican Heritage Committee; initiated the Asian-American Committee after an educational trip to Taiwan; and set up the UFT summer camp program. After her death, the Ponsie Barclay Hillman Precollege Scholarship was created to honor her as an educator, and as an advocate and a pioneer in the civil rights and labor movements. (Rosenthal)

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