Honoring Edith Ferrell

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At its meeting last week, the Bayonne City Council passed a resolution that will name a portion of 19th Street after Edith Ferrell, a great friend and community activist who passed away last year.

The resolution stated, “Edith Ferrell, a native of Virginia, relocated to Bayonne in early adulthood, and resided here until her passing on February 8, 2020.  She was an elegant, wise, and noble woman who devoted her life to community service.  Those who knew her admired her sense of integrity, generosity of spirit, and steadfast dedication to helping those in need.  She was not only a loyal friend, but also loyal to her community, and was always ready to participate in any cause, political or otherwise, that she believed would enhance the lives of others.  Despite her refined demeanor, Ms. Ferrell was passionate about affecting positive change throughout the City of Bayonne, and was a vigorous advocate of preserving the rights of veterans and other groups.”

The resolution continued, “As Auxiliary President of the Flournoy Gethers VFW Post for more than a decade, she made the Veterans’ Post facilities available not only to members, but to all residents of Bayonne.”

The resolution added, “… Ms. Ferrell was selected as the Grand Marshal of the annual Bayonne Memorial Day Parade in 2019.  She was the first African-American woman and the third woman to be chosen as the Grand Marshal in the history of the City of Bayonne.  Ms. Ferrell devoted countless hours to volunteer work serving as a board member for the local chapter of the NAACP, Vice Chairperson of the Bayonne Housing Authority, Committee Member of the Bayonne City Democratic Organization, and member of the Jersey City Black Caucus.  In addition, she was a former Trustee of the Bayonne Board of Education, and past President of the Bayonne Community Day Care Nursery.   Her profound impact on the community serves as an inspiration for all those she has left behind.”

The resolution concluded that “the City of Bayonne honors the late Edith Ferrell for her significant contributions to the community by naming the corner of 19th Street and Avenue C Edith Ferrell Way.  This honorary sign is to be situated on the corner of the block where the Flournoy Gethers VFW Post #7470 is located.”

The sign will be a great way to honor a very close friend who played such an important role in the Bayonne community.  I hope others will be inspired to help our community as much as Edith did.