Flatbush Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Foster Avenue has been co-named as Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Boulevard in honor of the Haitian immigrant known as the founder of Chicago.

In a co-naming ceremony Sunday, local Councilmember Mathieu Eugene said Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable was chosen as the road’s namesake due him being an immigrant from Haiti who used his skills to bring people together in order to better his community.

He said immigrants came to the U.S. from all over the world to seek a better life and to make tremendous contributions to the country, and that was the legacy of Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable.

“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,” he said.

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