NYC Honorary Street Names

Lin Ze Xu

Commissioner Lin Ze Xu Square (Manhattan)
Present name:East Broadway
Location:Oliver Street and Catherine Street
Honoree: Lin Ze Xu (1785-1850) was appointed by the Emperor in 1838 as Imperial Commissioner to eradicate opium, which was being sold in increasing amounts in China by the East India Company. He confiscated and destroyed 2.6 million pounds of opium, igniting the Opium War with Britain. China lost the war but Lin Ze Xu became a symbol of moral resistance to the invasion of drugs.
LL:1999/17


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