Chinatown USPS Branch is Now Designated the ‘Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office’

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018 at 10:06 am by

Today, the United States Post Office branch in Chinatown is receiving an official new designation.

On July 24, 2018, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, of New York’s 7th District, introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to designate the Chinatown USPS branch as the “Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office.” It has since been signed as Public Law No: 115-212 by President Donald Trump.

Mabel Lee was a well known figure in New York’s suffrage movement. Though she wouldn’t be able to vote until 1943 due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, in 1912 she led (on horseback) a New York City suffragist’s parade of ten thousand people to support women’s voting rights, and continued her advocacy throughout her life.

Congresswoman Velázquez said, “At a time when women were widely expected to spend a life in the home, Lee shattered one glass-ceiling after another. From speaking out in the classroom to organizing Chinese-American women to secure the right to vote, Lee’s bold vision for Chinatown is very much alive in our community today.”

The dedication ceremony is today at 11am, at the First Chinese Baptist Church (21 Pell Street), where Lee was once director.

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