COUNCIL MEMBER MATHIEU EUGENE PARTNERS WITH SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON, THE BLACK, LATINO, AND ASIAN CAUCUS, AND THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY TO CO-NAME FLATBUSH AVENUE AS JEAN BAPTISTE POINT DU SABLE BOULEVARD IN HONOR OF THE HAITIAN IMMIGRANT AND FOUNDER OF CHICAGO
November 15th, 2021 (Brooklyn, NY) – Council Member Mathieu Eugene was joined by elected officials and community leaders as he officially co-named Flatbush Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Foster Avenue as Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Boulevard, in honor of the Haitian immigrant and founder of Chicago, at a ceremony on Sunday evening at the corner of Clarendon Road and Flatbush Avenue.
“I want to thank everyone who came here to join us, because this is a momentous occasion, a very important event for the community. The reason we are here is because we are going to co-name part of Flatbush Avenue as Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Boulevard,” said Council Member Mathieu Eugene. “Some people may ask ‘Why Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable? I think it is very important that we embrace the legacy of people who used to bring other people together for the common good. He was a Haitian who came to the United States of America. He set out in Chicago, where he was a business entrepreneur, and he was somebody who used his skill to bring people together in order to better the community in Chicago. He was a black man, but more importantly he was an immigrant, which means he was a very important person for the immigrant community, and that is what The American Dream is about.
Immigrants come to the United States from all over the world, seeking a better life for themselves and their children, but the most important thing is they make tremendous contributions to The United States of America. The history of Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable is the history of so many immigrants. That is why we are here today, to not only pay tribute to Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, but to also celebrate the legacy of so many members of the immigrant community who came to The United States to make America such a wonderful country.”
Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable was a Haitian pioneer who traveled to the United States and settled in what is today known as Peoria and Chicago, Illinois, and he is recognized by historians as the founder of Chicago. His ability to translate for different cultures including The English, French, Spanish, and Native American people solidified his role as a valued entrepreneur and frontiersman. Du Sable will forever be remembered for having been the catalyst that transformed Chicago from a small trading post into the major metropolis and economic center it is today.