More than 40 years after his assasination, a plan to build a memorial to Malcolm X in front of his final home in East Elmhurst is moving forward.
Malcolm X Memorial Slated For His East Elmhurst Home
Initial discussions for the project began in earnest last year, when Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director of Queens Council on the Arts, first spoke about an idea to install a bust of the civil rights activist at 23-11 97th St.
The street was renamed Malcolm X Place in 2005, following an effort spearheaded by Monserrate.
Monserrate said it’s important for Queens residents, especially students, to know about Malcolm X’s contribution to the civil rights movement, and also about his life in Queens.
“A lot of people equate his work primarily in Harlem,” Monserrate said, “not also knowing that he was a resident of Queens and lived in East Elmhurst.”
The councilman has secured $11,000 for the memorial through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.