NYC Honorary Street Names


Dorie Miller Place (Queens)
Present name:34th Avenue
Location:Between 112th Street and 114th Street
Honoree: On December 7, 1941, Doris "Dorie" Miller (1919-1943) a was a Messman aboard a Navy supply ship anchored at Pearl Harbor. During the Japanese attack he ran to the aid of his mortally wounded captain and helped move him to a safer place. Miller then took the place of a slain machine-gunner, downing at least two Japanese planes and possibly as many as six. Miller became the first hero of World War II and the first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross. Two years later, he was among the 700 crewmen who died when the USS Lipscombe Bay was sunk by an enemy torpedo. The Dorie Miller Housing Cooperative on 34th Avenue is named for him.
Kevin Lamont Miller Jr. Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Linden Boulevard
Honoree: Kevin Lamont Miller Jr. (1995-2009) was killed in an accidental shooting between gang members. He was a member of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, a leader of its Youth Ministry and Bible Study Class. As a result of his death, the KLM Jr. Foundation was formed in 2010, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, workshops, seminars, recreation and community events to steer the youth away from drugs and violence. His death also brought other groups to get involved in raising awareness, such as the King of Kings Foundation, Gun Buy Back Programs and the Festivals of Praise. (Miller)
Rev. James Miller Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Linden Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue
Honoree: Rev. James Miller (1932-2016) was ordained to the ministry in 1960 while working as an officer for the New York City Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He retired after 26 years of service and started as an Assistant Pastor at First Faith Baptist Church. He became Co-Pastor of the Second Emmanuel Baptist Church in 1989 and was officially installed as Pastor in 1995. (Barron)

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