PATERSON, NJ - A portion of 10th Avenue, between 23rd Street and 24th Street is set to be renamed in honor of longtime Paterson clergyman Bishop Liston Page, Sr.
In a resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Dr. Lilisa Mimms and Councilman Bill McKoy, and ratified by the entire Paterson City Council, Page, Sr., through the Highway Church of Christ which he expanded into New Jersey in 1973, was credited with advocating for parents and children of Paterson’s schools and supporting homeless residents including those suffering from mental illness and addiction.
Calling Page, Sr. an “icon” Mimms said that the honor is “deserved for all the work he’s done.”
“He has fed so many people, saved so many lives,” Mimms added, repeating a phrase she has used often that she wants to make sure that she gives those that deserve them their “flowers while they can still smell them.”
“This is a dream come true,” Page’s son, also Bishop Liston Page, said of the honor that will put his father’s name on the street outside the church that he said has been a “beacon of light to those that are helpless.”
Asked about the church’s future efforts the progeny of the much revered Page Sr. offered assurances that they are going to continue to work to “change, transition, and revitalize,” their community, thus making the scourge of crime and drugs “nullified and denigrated.”
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