Uptown Residents Honor Late Rev. Dr. Jasper Simmons With Street Co-Naming

dr jasper street collageOn Saturday, April 9, 2016, Harlem City Council Member Mark Levine, Community Board 12 Chair Shah Ally, and uptown residents will hold a ceremony officially co-naming W. 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, “Rev. Dr. Jasper Simmons Place.”


Council Member Levine sponsored the co-naming for Dr. Simmons in the City Council, and it was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in February 2016.  In 2015, Harlem Community Board 12 supported the street co-naming honoring Dr. Simmons in a unanimous resolution.dr jasper in harlem2

Dr. Simmons was ordained in May 1953 and began his ministry by founding File Chapel Baptist Church on East 124 Street. He was a member of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity for 55 years, president of the C.H.A.N.C.E organization for 7 years and Community and Senior Chaplain for the NYS Department of Corrections Prison Ministry.

Via Council Member Mark Levine

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