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Activist urges renaming NYC Street May Edward Chinn

May Edward Chinn made history as the first black woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1926. She was also the first black woman to intern at Harlem Hospital but was unable to be admitted to a hospital because of her race.

Now an activist is urging to honor Chinn, who, despite the racial discrimination she faced, pioneered by naming a street after her near her alma mater, now NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Michelle Deal Winfield, a retired educator, is rallying support to name the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue after Chinn.

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Attempts are being made to name the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue after Chinn.
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Chinn was the first black woman to intern at Harlem Hospital, but was unable to transfer to a hospital stay because of her race.

Chinn eventually opened her own practice in Harlem and was the first woman to join New York City ambulance crews on emergency calls.

Chinn focused on cancer detection and pioneered the Pap smear to find cervical cancer, Winfield said.

She died in 1980 at the age of 84 after a long career at the famous Strang Clinic.

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Chin died in 1980.

“Her life and her legacy inspire everyone,” Winfield said.

The street naming request must be approved by Community Board 6, where Winfield made a brief presentation on Chinn Wednesday. If approved, the application then goes to the city council.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/16/activist-pushes-to-rename-nyc-street-for-may-edward-chinn/ Activist urges renaming NYC Street May Edward Chinn

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