MOTHER ROSETTA GASTON, FOUNDER
Rosetta Gaston is the founder and visionary of Brownsville Heritage House, Inc. (BHH). She envisioned an educational and cultural center for young and old, which would spark individual and community achievements by focusing on a common heritage.
Mother Gaston, as she was affectionately known, realized early on that the one element missing in our community was the knowledge of our culture. She decided to do something about it. In 1969 she started the Children's Cultural Corner out of her home, where she taught young minds about their culture and history. This laid the foundation for BHH, Inc.
U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns was instrumental in acquiring the second floor space above the Stone Avenue Branch Library. It was the fruition of a 50 year dream. Mother Gaston at age 96 transitioned a month before BHH opened it's doors in March 1981. That same year Stone Avenue was renamed Mother Gaston Boulevard, which runs from Broadway to Linden Boulevard, covering the communities of Ocean-Hill and Brownsville. Thanks to then Councilman Enoch Williams who introduced the bill to former Mayor David Dinkins. Rosetta Gaston's name will live on forever as an educator and a devoted leader of her community.