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Adam Milat-Meyer

October 20, 2014

The memorial for Morgan Powell and the Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon was a great success. The VMF would like to thank Gaetana’s for hosting event; David Giglio for filming the event and providing highly educational and entertaining video. Adam Milat-Meyer for working the projector and Kevin O’Connor for his live audio engineering skills. Gerald Meyer delivered an in-depth eulogy for Bronx historian and activist, Morgan Powell, who passed away a few weeks earlier.

Donations for Morgan Powell are currently being collected and a full memorial service will be on TUESDAY, October 28th at the historic Andrew Freedman Home located at 1125 Grand Concourse. . No next in kin has been located. The city will release his body to The Friends of Morgan Powell once arrangements have been determined. For more info click:


the late kristopher morgan powell (1973-2014)

Kristopher Morgan Powell (1973-2014)

Morgan Powell — Community Activist, Environmentalist, and Historian

Morgan Powell (1973-2014)

Morgan Powell on Bronx News Net TV

We are saddened to announce the loss of our friend and founding member, Morgan Powell. Morgan was an impressive activist and had such love for the history of the Bronx. It was this passion that brought him to the Vito Marcantonio Forum. Morgan shared his knowledge of the neighborhoods that Marcantonio touched. His community involvement and connections to local press outlets, led to the first televised interview with VMF member Roberto Ragone and Morgan on BronxNet.org. Click here to see the interview. 

Morgan was an active member of the Vito Marcantonio Forum and wrote an impressive article listing the major political and civic landmarks in Vito Marcantonio’s New York. Click here to read the article.

We found out about Morgan’s tragic death from www.welcome2thebronx.com and we wanted to share the touching slideshow they posted on their site (see below).

Here is an audio version of Morgan Powell’s walking tour:

Here is an update from Bronx News 12 about Morgan’s passing:

If you have any information about Morgan’s death or if you know how we can contact any of his close friends or family please contact VMF Treasurer Adam Milat-Meyer at 347.813.1396

We will be honoring Morgan Powell at our next event on Sunday, Oct 19th 2014, from 12pm to 4pm, at Gaetana’s Cucina Italiana (143 Christopher St, NYC). Please join us.

Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon at Gaetana's in NYC October 19th 2014

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Major political and civic landmarks in Vito Marcantonio’s New York: illuminating his life

Vito Marcantonio’s New York: illuminating his life

By Morgan Powell

Note: Where page numbers appear, they refer to illuminating facts from Gerald Meyer’s book Vito Marcantonio: radical politician, 1902-1954 unless attributed to another source.

Major Political / Civic Landmarks

The Lucky Corner in East Harlem New York City

Lucky Corner during Marcantonio’s re-election campaign during the 1940s

A.   Lucky Corner 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, where massive election-eve rallies were held.  15,000 rallied here for Marcantonio in 1948 (p.39).

B.   Marc’s first district office/ Fiorello LaGuardia Political Association (later Vito Marcantonio Political Association) 247 East 116 Street (now a dentist office).

C.   Madison Square Garden (where it stood before the current one) 8th Avenue between 50th and 49th Streets.  He rallied with workers there in 1935 (p.25), and was the main attraction in 1948 for a campaign speech attended by 18,000 (p.39).

D.   Marc’s Yorkville district office (where his biographer, Annette T. Rubinstein, worked on his staff) 1484 First Avenue .  In 1956, Rubinstein and associates (The Vito Marcantonio Memorial) edited and published I Vote My Conscience: debates, speeches and writings of Vito Marcantonio (1935-1950).

E.   Benjamin Franklin High School — since re-named more than once — 116th Street between Pleasant Avenue and the FDR Drive.  One of Marcantonio’s primary mentors, Leonard Covello, was its founding principal. He spoke at its 1942 dedication (p.123). Frank Sinatra sang a concert there to quell racial tensions while future jazz great Sonny Rollins said the concert changed his life. (for more info click here)

Imagining Neighborhood As Well As Early Life Beyond Italian Harlem

1.    Marcantonio’s Childhood Home 325 E. 112th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).  This building was replaced by Thomas Jefferson Houses, a NYCHA development.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church

2.    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church (448 East 116th Street), where Marc received a certificate of baptismal although he was not observant as an adult.

3.    PS 85 @ 1st Avenue and East 117th Street where Salvatore John LaGumina’s Vito Marcantonio: The People’s Politician reports he attended elementary school on page 2.

4.    Old DeWitt Clinton High School 899 10th Avenue.  It is now Haaren Hall on the campus of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Marc graduated with the class of 1921 before attending law school at New York University.

5.    Leonard Covello’s House, his primary mentor, 229 East 116 Street.

6.    LaGuardia Memorial House (known as Haarlem House when Marc worked there) 307 East 116th Street.  His wife Miriam Sanders worked there for many years.

7.    Marcantonio-Sanders House 231 East 116 Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

8.    Fiorello LaGuardia’s Home at 5th Avenue and 109th Street is an apartment building known as Stonehedge.

Where Marc Was Last Seen…and Still Rests

F.    A massive heart attack overcame Marc on the East side of Broadway in front of City Hall Park, across the street from the Woolworth Building.

G.    Giordano’s Funeral Home 1st Avenue and 115th Street (now www.firstavenuefuneral.com), where his well-attended wake took place.  See p.183.

Vito Marcantonio Forum commemoration at Marc's gravesite in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx

Marc’s grave at Woodlawn Cemetery

H.   Woodlawn Cemetery  Vito Marcantonio is buried in the Oakwood Section within 50 feet of his mentor, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The grave site is on the west side of the hill near the intersection of Park Avenue and Myosotis Avenue. The Vito Marcantonio Forum hosts an annual event there on or near the anniversary of his death: August 9th, 1954. See their website for more details.

You may also enjoy a 60 minute walking tour of Vito Marcantonio’s Harlem by clicking here!

The Bronx Chronicle reported on the 2014 commemoration.  Read that story here!  Oggi America also offers a remembrance of that day.  You may find that article here!


Morgan Powell
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Harlem, Jacob Lawrence, 1946

Harlem, Jacob Lawrence, 1946

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Thanks to everyone who attended the VMF Memorial Service August 9th

On behalf of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, we would like to thank everyone who contributed. We could not have done it alone and we appreciate the help.

Melissa Mark Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council, delivered an inspiring speech for everyone in attendance. We will post video soon. BronxNet TV covered the event as well as American Oggi