NYC Honorary Street Names
James J. Saunders Boulevard (Queens)
Present name:Miller Avenue
Location:Between Blade Avenue and Hegeman Avenue
Honoree: James J. Saunders, (1932-2002), who worked for the Transit Authority for 20 years, served as president of many block and community associations, was a member of Brooklyn Community Board 5, member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Beautification Committee, and Deacon of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Dr. John W. Saunders Place (Manhattan)
Present name:Convent Avenue
Location:Between West 144th and West 145th Streets.
Honoree: Reverend Saunders (1868-1961) was the the founder and pastor of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church. Ordained in 1915, he joined the pastorate of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Camden. In 1927 he left to serve at Walker Memorial Baptist Church, on 132nd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. He served there for 13 years, leaving the church debt free by 1939. He went on to found th Convent Avenue Baptist Church, which opened on February 15, 1942 with fewer than 500 mebers By the time of his death it had grown to over 3,000 members.
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