Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation directing the MTA to rename the Franklin Avenue station and the President Street in Crown Heights stop to include “Medgar Evers College.”
Franklin Avenue is served by the 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines, as well as the Franklin Avenue shuttle. President Street is served by the 2 and 5 trains.
“Renaming the Franklin and President subway stations to recognize Medgar Evers College will literally put one of our community’s most cherished institutions on the map,” said State Senator Zellnor Myrie, who sponsored the bill. “The community has asked for these renamings.”
The bill passed both houses of the state legislature in June.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, the Assembly sponsor and an alumna of Medgar Evers College, said in a statement that she was proud to have helped make it happen.
“Medgar Evers College is a staple for our district and serves as a door of opportunity for our students,” she said. “Its impact on our community is being celebrated and receiving the recognition that it deserves.”
Other stations that contain the names of nearby educational institutions include Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College, Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College, 68th Street-Hunter College, 116th Street-Columbia University and 8th Street-New York University.
Medgar Evers College is named after the civil rights champion who helped expand voting rights and fight segregation.
College president Rudolph Crew said in a statement that the institution, which has been around since 1970, is “synonymous with Crown Heights.”
“The renaming of the subway stations reflects the profound contribution that Medgar Evers College has made to central Brooklyn,” he said. “It is emblematic of the critical role that we will continue to play as we celebrate our 50th year of serving students and changing the trajectory of their lives.”