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Benjamin & Queen Esther Thomas Halladay Street Ribbon Program Press Release
 

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Benjamin (April 14th 1916- 1983) & Queen Esther Thomas ...

Benjamin (April 14th 1916- 1983) & Queen Esther Thomas
(October 5th 1917- March 10th 2007) - Brief Biography

Queen Esther Hogan was married to Benjamin Thomas and
together they opened a restaurant on 572/574 Grand Avenue
called “Queen & Ben’s” in the 1950’s. It was very rare
to see an African American owned business. In addition
they were owners of the neighborhood store located on
the corner of 125 Maple Street and Halladay Street. Raising
4 sons Benjamin, Bernard, Ballard (deceased) and Bryan
Thomas 3 served the United States of America as decorated
Air Force officers in Vietnam. The Thomas’s regularly fed
the hungry and provided assistance when residents required
legal information teaching them how to establish
credit. In the 1950’s social services weren’t available and
the Thomas’s offered assistance utilizing 125 Maple Street
on the weekends to provide dental care for neighborhood
children free of charge. Queen Esther Thomas became politically
active in1954 and was the district committee person.
In 1955m she ran in a very close race for a seat in the
state assembly becoming the first African American woman
to run for this office. Millionaire mogul Malcolm Forbes
creator and founder of Forbes Magazine was compelled to
send Queen Esther a personal telegram congratulating her
on a well fought race. Queen Esther Thomas was an active member and usherette
at Monumental Baptist Church for many years. The marriage
union between this loving couple lasted 46 years before
Benjamin passed away in 1983. Queen Esther departed
Jersey City to spent her golden years in North Carolina and
then eventually being laid to rest in Arizona with each one
of her surviving sons by her side. Always community first,
without fanfare, Benjamin and Queen Esther Thomas are
being recognized for the unselfish commitment to the
community and the people they sincerely loved in the Lafayette-
Greenville community.

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    Benjamin & Queen Esther Thomas Halladay Street Ribbon Program Press Release Benjamin & Queen Esther Thomas Halladay Street Ribbon Program Press Release Document Transcript

    • Benjamin (April 14th 1916- 1983) & Queen Esther Thomas (October 5th 1917- March 10th 2007) RIBBON CUTTING & DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR THE Queen Esther Hogan was married to Benjamin Thomas and together they opened a restaurant on 572/574 Grand Avenue called “Queen & Ben’s” in the 1950’s. It was very rare to see an African American owned business. In addition they were owners of the neighborhood store located on the corner of 125 Maple Street and Halladay Street. Raising 4 sons Benjamin, Bernard, Ballard (deceased) and Bryan Thomas 3 served the United States of America as decorated Air Force officers in Vietnam. The Thomas’s regularly fed the hungry and provided assistance when residents required legal information teaching them how to establish credit. In the 1950’s social services weren’t available and the Thomas’s offered assistance utilizing 125 Maple Street on the weekends to provide dental care for neighborhood children free of charge. Queen Esther Thomas became politically active in1954 and was the district committee person. In 1955m she ran in a very close race for a seat in the state assembly becoming the first African American woman to run for this office. Millionaire mogul Malcolm Forbes creator and founder of Forbes Magazine was compelled to send Queen Esther a personal telegram congratulating her on a well fought race. Queen Esther Thomas was an active member and usherette at Monumental Baptist Church for many years. The marriage union between this loving couple lasted 46 years before Benjamin passed away in 1983. Queen Esther departed Jersey City to spent her golden years in North Carolina and then eventually being laid to rest in Arizona with each one of her surviving sons by her side. Always community first, without fanfare, Benjamin and Queen Esther Thomas are being recognized for the unselfish commitment to the community and the people they sincerely loved in the Lafayette-Greenville community. HALLADAY HOMES Building Strong Communities _____________________________________ March 10, 2014 9:30am to 11:00am 291-297 Halladay Street Jersey City, NJ 07304
    • 01 291-297 Halladay Street is Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation’s first home ownership project in the Morris Canal Section of Jersey City. It involved the new construction of 4 two family homes for moderate income buyers and renters. This project is made possible through the investment of the Jersey City Division of Community Development with a grant from the HOME Investment Partnership Program in the amount of $1,089,000 and through the acquisition of the vacant lots at nominal cost from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency. Construction financing is being provided by TD Bank. Each of the homes includes a 3BR/2.5BTH duplex unit for the home owner with a bonus family room and a 3 BR rental. Each of the homes will be sold for $250,000 to first time home buyers. To date, GSECDC has built 240 units of affordable housing by redeveloping 93 scattered sites throughout Jersey City. Today, We celebrate the Empowerment of People and Neighborhoods. We come together to applaud the efforts of the non-profit community, the business community, private citizens, and local, state and federal government which work together to improve the quality of life of Jersey City communities. Welcome Carol Mori, Executive Director GSECDC 02 Blessing Rev. Tom Murphy St. Paul’s Episcopal Church/GSECDC Board of Directors 03 Introduction John Restrepo, Director GSECDC Division of Housing & Community Development 04 City of Jersey City Honorable Mayor Steven M. Fulop 05 Jersey City Council, Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman 07 Jersey City Redevelopment Agency Christopher Fiore, Assistant Executive Director. 08 TD Bank Pat Disanto, V.P. Commercial Lending 09 Ribbon Cutting and Dedication to Benjamin & Queen Esther Thomas Bryon & Basil Thomas