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PAGE 6                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                      THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024

          Senator Liu Recognizes 2024 Women Of Distinction

                              Honoree, Robbie Garrison
             State Senator John Liu recog-
        nized Flushing community activ-
        ist Robbie Garrison as his 2024
        New York State Senate Women
        of Distinction Honoree. Garrison
        is a longtime community and civil
        rights activist who was integral
        in the reclamation of the Olde                                                             To read GIA online in English and Italian
        Towne of Flushing Burial Ground                                                                          Visit
        in Queens.
             Early in her career, Ms. Garrison                                                    Servicing The Tri-State Area and Long Island, Florida and Italy
        encountered workplace discrimi-
        nation at Merrill Lynch, leading
        her to become a co-founder of a
        book remainder business special-
        izing in works by and about Black
        people. She became involved with
        many community organizations,
        such as the Queens Community
        Civic Corporation in 1977, which
        still mediates landlord-tenant
        disputes and assists seniors and  rialize it as a burial ground in the  “Robbie Garrison has been a pas-
        disabled individuals today.  ensuing years.                sionate advocate for justice and
             Her passion for history led her to       In addition to her involvement  equality for her entire life, and
        co-found the Olde Towne of Flush-  with the conservancy, Garrison  I’ve learned so much in 22 years
        ing Burial Ground Conservancy,  has received numerous awards for  of working alongside this out-
        alongside late activist Mandingo  her service, including an Essence  standing individual. Her dogged
        Tshaka. Alongside other activists,  of Justice and Equality Award  determination to reclaim the Olde
        the conservancy demanded that  and recognitions from the Queens  Towne of Flushing Burial Ground
        the old Martin’s Field playground  Civic Congress. Her dedication  was met with much adversity, but
        and park in Flushing be officially  to preserving the memory of  it only served to reinforce her
        recognized as an African and  19th-century African American  conviction that acknowledging
        Native American burial ground.  businessman, Wilson Rantus, led  and preserving history is the right
        After years of relentless activ-  to the establishment of the “Ran-  thing to do. Her work embodies
        ism by the conservancy, the city  tus Rock Garden” on the Queens  the spirit of activism and com-
        officially recognized the site and  College campus in 2023.
        constructed memorials to memo-       State Senator John Liu stated,   (Continued on page 8)

                On Memorial Day, we remember the men and
             women of our armed services and honor those who

                   made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.


                                     GRACE MENG

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