Helen Marshall commemorated with street renaming
by Mark Garzon
Dec 12, 2017 | 3413 views | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dozens gathered for a ceremony at the Antioch Baptist Church in Corona on Sunday to rename 103rd Street and Northern Boulevard in honor of former Borough President Helen Marshall.

Family, friends and elected officials remembered Marshall’s civic legacy and impact on the community at the event.

Marshall, who was elected in 2001, was the first African-American borough president of Queens and served for three terms. Prior to that, she represented Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights in the City Council for nine years and in the State Assembly for eight years.

She passed away in March at the age of 87.

“She touched everyone in a powerful way,” said Councilwoman Ferreras-Copeland, recalling how Marshall had the ability to see people’s potential.

Ferreras-Copeland explained how influential Marshall was during the beginning of her political career, and encouraged her to join the local NAACP chapter.

“She spoke to us in the way we should speak to young people,” she said.

A Bronx native, Marshall relocated to Corona in 1957 with her family. She eventually served as the president of the Corona-East Elmhurst Civic Association and became one of the first members of Community Board 3.

She also played an important role in the foundation of the Elmcor Youth & Adult Center, the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), and the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona.

“Northern Boulevard was her street,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, who took her spot in the Assembly, about Marshall’s dedication to community programs.

Councilman-elect Francisco Moya also recalled when Marshall attended his block association meeting early on in his career, and encouraged him to continue taking care of the community. He explained that her actions set an example for elected officials.

“We need to continue to encourage the younger generation on what it means to contribute to our community, to make it better just like she did,” Moya said.

Agnes Marie Marshall spoke about her mother's work in the community and all the people she served.

“This is the spot where my mother did her magic,” she said.
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