Activist Hopes to Rename New York City Street After Pioneering Health Care Worker May Edward Chinn

An effort is underway to name the corner of East 29th Street and First Avenue for Chinn.

May Edward Chinn made history as the first black woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1926. She also was the first black woman to intern at Harlem Hospital, but because of her race could not go on to a hospital residency.

Now an activist is pushing to honor Chinn, who went on to do pioneering work despite the racial discrimination she faced, by naming a street for her near her alma mater, which is now the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

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

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

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SOURCE: New York Post, Melissa Klein

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