East Second Street in Huntington Station was renamed Thursday in honor of Dolores “Dee” Thompson, the 92-year-old activist and civil rights leader.
The intersection of East Second Street and New York Avenue is where Thompson founded the Huntington Station Enrichment Center as a community facility for residents providing training in computer skills, entrepreneurship, English as a second language, job placement, youth and senior services.
Thompson, who serves as chairperson of the Dolan Family Health Center Advisory Board, is a long-time member of Leadership Huntington’s Presidents Council, and a corporate trustee of the Huntington Hospital Board of Directors. She also serves her church, Bethel AME Church as president of the Usher Board for more than 10 years, trustee for six years and president of the Presidents Council for many years.
She was the chief organizer of the Huntington Awareness Day parade and Unity Day and Community Conversations focused on straight talk with residents and elected and public servants.
Town Counciman Gene Cook organized the ceremony and acted as emcee for the event.
Tracey Edwards, former member of the Town Council and Thompson’s daughter, said on Facebook, “Everyone knows that I kid around about my mother all the time but not this time. There is no one more dedicated to and outspoken about Huntington Station than my mom. She will be 93 in January and as beautiful and spunky as ever. She deserves this honor.
Photos by the Town of Huntington