NYC Honorary Street Names

Thompson, V.

Vera E. Thompson Way (Queens)
Present name:None
Location:At the southeast corner of 94th Street and Astoria Boulevard
Honoree:  Vera E. Thompson (1927-2005) was a dedicated Funeral Director in East Elmhurst. She opened the Vera E. Thompson Funeral Home on January 26, 1955. She served her community for over 50 years while providing comfort to hundreds of family‚Äôs during their time of loss. Vera Thompson was the first African-American female Funeral Director in the history of Queens. She made her career in a then male-dominated industry, while raising five children. She was a devoted Catholic and a standing member of the St. Gabriel Catholic Church whose school was attended by her children. Her name and business graced Astoria Blvd. and 94th Street for five decades, during which she became a true pillar of her community. (Moya)

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