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For Immediate Release:
October 04, 2011
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman


Local officials unveil “Dorothy Quintana Avenue” in honor of Wynwood activist

Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana was a legend in the Wynwood neighborhood, dedicating over half a century to helping residents in the community until her death at the age of 101. On Friday, September 30, 2011, several local officials honored Quintana's memory by unveiling "Dorothy Quintana Avenue."  Miami-Dade Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson was joined by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and City Commissioner Wilfredo Gort at a street co-designation ceremony attended by Quintana's surviving family and friends. A portion of NW 2nd Avenue, from NW 30th Street to NW 36th Street, now bears Dorothy's name. 

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Photo caption: (L-R) City of Miami Commissioner Wilfredo Gort, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami-Dade Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, and Luis Canales, Dorothy Quintana's nephew.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)

"The word 'no' didn't exist for Dottie. If there was a way she thought she could help her neighborhood, she did what needed to be done to make it happen," said Vice Chairwoman Edmonson. "There is a hole in this community now that Dottie is gone. She is sorely missed, but I take some comfort in knowing her name will now always be part of the community she loved so much."

Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana was born in 1909 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She married Efrain Quintana in 1948, and moved to Miami two years later. Dorothy eventually settled in Wynwood in 1957, where she lived until her death this past March.

Quintana dedicated more than 50 years to improving life for the residents of Wynwood, fighting crime and drugs, helping residents secure social services, feeding the hungry, helping the sick and assisting senior citizens. Over the years, Dorothy opened her home to Cuban refugees and to Haitian migrants. She received many awards and recognition for her service, even having the City of Miami's remodeled community center in Roberto Clemente Park named after her. 

For more information, please contact Vice Chairwoman Edmonson's office at 305-636-2331.

Commissioner Edmonson and Dottie
Photo caption: (L-R) Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana with Vice Chairwoman Edmonson in 2008.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)