It’s official: Subway signs, maps now say ‘Medgar Evers College’
Two 100-year-old subway stations in Brooklyn now have new co-names: Franklin Avenue-Medgar Evers College and President Street-Medgar Evers College.
The stations have been renamed by an act of the state Legislature that was sponsored late last year by two Brooklyn state legislators, Assemblymember Diana Richardson and State Sen. Zellnor Myrie, and signed late last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The MTA worked closely with officials throughout the process and spent several months updating train, map and station signage to include the new station names. Specifically, that work included updates to 2,490 electronic strip maps that appear on train cars; onboard announcements for 1,245 train cars; 3,174 in-car subway maps; and signs throughout the two stations that cover pillars, exits and entrances.
Medgar Evers College, part of the CUNY system, was founded 50 years ago and was named in honor of Medgar Evers, a civil rights and voting rights activist in Mississippi and a field secretary for the NAACP. In 1963, Evers was assassinated by a white supremacist who was later convicted of his murder.