NYC Honorary Street Names
Corporal John C. Johnson, Sr. Road (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Curtis Avenue and Manor Road
Honoree: Corporal John C. Johnson, Sr. (1919-1999), a World War II veteran, was a dock builder for over 40 years including construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. He later became a member of the North Shore Democratic Club and the West Brighton chapter of the AARP.
Jack Johnson Plaza (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of Lenox Avenue and 142nd Street
Honoree: Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion. In 1913 Johnson fled the country after being wrongfully convicted of violating the Mann Act. After 7 years in exile, he returned in 1920 and served his sentence. In 2009, Congress passed a resolution calling on President Obama to issue a pardon, but no action has been taken so far.
James Weldon Johnson Plaza (Manhattan)
Location:At the intersection of 135th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Honoree: James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was one of the prime movers of the Harlem Renaissance. He was a songwriter, poet, novelist, journalist, critic, diplomat, educator and lawyer. With his brother John Rosamond he composed songs such as “ Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which would later become known as the Negro National Anthem.
Johnnie Mae Johnson Way (Manhattan)
Location:At the northwest corner of 130th Street and Lexington Avenue
Honoree: Johnnie Mae Johnson fought for social justice in her East Harlem community for more than 50 years. As District Leader of the 70th Assembly District, Part A, she was instrumental in getting a pedestrian bridge built to provide a safe crossing into Harlem River Park. She was a founding member of the non-profit Addie Mae Collins Head Start Program and later became PTA president at PS 133. Ms. Johnson also helped many people who wanted to register to vote, taking them through the process so they could participate in elections. (Perkins)
PFC Rayshawn S. Johnson Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Maple Street
Location:Between Albany Avenue and Kingston Avenue
Honoree: Private First Class Rayshawn S. Johnson (b. 1983) of the United States Army’s 4th Infantry Division was killed in action on November 3, 2003 in Tikrit, Iraq, when the Humvee he was riding in struck a land mine.
Roselyn A. Johnson Way (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of East 180th Street and Honeywell Avenue
Honoree: Roselyn A. Johnson was a staff member and then an elected board member of Community School District 12. She organized outreach programs throughout the District’s 23 schools
Sergeant Gerald A. Johnson Corner (Staten Island)
Location:Intersection of Floyd Street and Raymond Place
Honoree: Gerald A. Johnson (1921-2000) fought in WWII with the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa and Europe. He was awarded numerous medals and citations including French and Belgian medals for his part in capturing 67 Germans soldiers in Cherbourg.
Walter L. Johnson Corner Developer of Dyker Heights (Brooklyn)
Location:Southwest corner of 82nd Street and 11th Avenue
Honoree: Walter L. Johnson (1873-1953) developed Dyker Heights in 1895. He built houses, installed gas lines and planted sugar maple trees. In September 1899, he donated the land on which St. Philips Episcopal Church was built.
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