Local street to be named after community activist, Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana, during special ceremony hosted by Vice Chairwoman Edmonson
(L-R) Dorothy “Dottie” Quintana with Vice Chairwoman Edmonson in 2008.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)
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. Now, Miami-Dade Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and community leaders will honor Dottie’s memory with a street co-designation ceremony on Friday, September 30, 2011. The Vice Chairwoman will unveil a portion of NW 2nd Avenue, from NW 30th Street to NW 36th Street, as “Dorothy Quintana Avenue.” The event will take place at 10 a.m. near the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and 30th Street.
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.
Dorothy 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.