June 13, 2013

Portland pondering new names for streets

The names of A, C and D streets should reflect the African-American history of their neighborhood, some suggest.


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Gallant wrote in his column that Gerald Talbot, the first African American elected to the Maine House of Representatives, suggested three names for the streets: Cummings, Hill and Richardson. Edward Cummings lived for many years across from Union Station and was captain of the Red Caps, the team of porters at the train station. James “Brud” Hill was a prominent resident in the St. John Valley neighborhood. Brothers Harold and Clifford “Kippy” Richardson were the first African-American trustee of the Portland Water District and City Council member, respectively.   

Portland already has streets named Cummings, Hill and Richardson, after other people, Gallant said, adding that one solution would be to name the streets Cummings, Hill and Richardson lanes.

Residents who can’t attend the June 18 meeting may email Mike Murray at msm@portlandmaine .gov  , call 756-8288 or write Murray at 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04102.

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