NYC Honorary Street Names


Reverend Joseph H May Drive (Queens)
Present name:Beach Channel Dr
Location:Bounded by Beach 40th St and Beach 73rd St
Honoree: Joseph H. May was the long-time pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church as well as a civic leader in the Rockaways. He had attended Virginia Union University before coming to New York in 1941. Later that year, he was inducted into the all-black 366th Infantry and saw combat in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 1945 he completed his bachelor's degree at LIU and went on to earn a Doctor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. In 1947 he became pastor of Mount Carmel, which he served for 40 years, until shortly before his death in 1987.

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