City of Lauderhill to Rename a Street After Jamaican-American Community Leader Rev. Melville Herron

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:30 AM, portions of NW 70 Avenue between Commercial Boulevard and Inverrary Boulevard will be renamed after longtime Community Leader Reverend Melville Herron.

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Melville Bertram Herron, born in Jamaica on April 12, 1932, grew up on a farm. He was a hard worker and was eager to learn. He left for America at the age of 18 and began attaining degrees in higher education. He served his community in Brooklyn, New York as a homeowner association president, an engineer for the government, and a Minister for his church – just to name a few.  All the while, he and his wife Grace raised their two sons Dwayne and Dexter.

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Upon retiring, Reverend Herron moved to Lauderhill and hit the ground running. In no time he began serving as the President of the Homes of Inverrary, volunteering to sit on the Planning and Zoning Board, and became a member of the City’s Citizen on Patrol Organization.

The Reverend was active with the Democratic Club and always encouraged people to vote! He served in several capacities and earned high honors and distinctions from the fraternal organization of the Freemasonry. Personally, Reverend Herron was never too busy to stop by a friend’s house and deliver some fruit from his garden. He was always eager to lend a hand to someone in need. He was an amazing leader and friend to many.

On May 3, 2020, Reverend Herron passed away of natural causes. The pandemic has caused delay in his official Celebration of Life, which is scheduled to broadcast live from Grace Funeral Chapel’s Facebook page on Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM.

City of Lauderhill City Commissioner Richard Campbell shared, “Reverend Herron was one of a kind. He served this community tirelessly. He was proud of his heritage, his City, his community, and served us all with passion and truth until his last days. The impact Reverend Herron made not only in Lauderhill, but South Florida was exemplary.”

Commissioner Campbell sponsored Resolution #20R-08-159 to have portions of NW 70 Avenue renamed “Rev Herron Ave.”

The unveiling of the new street sign located on the corner of NW 52 Street and NW 70 Ave will be on Wednesday, September 9, at 9:30 AM. Lauderhill’s Facebook page will stream the ceremony live at facebook.com/cityoflauderhill/.

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