Rep Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and the US Postal Service held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the naming of the Manhattan, Chinatown Post Office after Mabel Lee, a Chinatown community advocate and leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
The ceremony was held today at the First Chinese Baptist Church on 21 Pell Street, founded by Dr. Lee’s father, Reverend Lee Towe. The church initially started on 13 Doyers Street, just across the street from the newly named Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office.
After her father’s death, Dr. Lee turned the church into an active community center, serving Chinese Americans in the Chinatown community. The center provided child care, training in carpentry, typing and English language skills so that many would be able to build their lives in America.