NYC Honorary Street Names


Mirabal Sisters Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of 168th Street and Amsterdam
Honoree: The sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal were members of an underground movement in the Dominican Republic opposed to the dictator Rafael Trujillo. They helped form the resistance group called the Movement of the Fourteenth of June in an attempt to overthrow Trujillo. The sisters became known as Las Mariposas (The Butterflies). Trujillo had the sisters killed after their attempt to assassinate him was exposed in 1960. Their deaths were a catalyst for Trujillo’s assassination by military leaders six months later. Since their deaths, the Mirabal sisters have become feminist icons throughout Latin America and been commemorated in songs, books and poems. The anniversary of their deaths is commemorated each year as the International Day Against Violence Against Women. There is a Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center at 142nd Street in Manhattan. (Rodriquez)

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