Canarsie Hall of Fame: 2020 nominees

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Benjamin DuBose

Benjamin DuBose was a political activist, a community organizer, and a noted historian.

Dubose — who died earlier this year — was the co-founder of the New York State Conservative Party, where he helped to advance his small-government ideology.

Ousitde of his political career, Dubose headed the Flatlands Development Corporation — a group that provided community services to thousands of Brooklyn residents — for over a decade. Additionally, Dubose served as the president of the Canarsie Historical Society, where he authored two magazines on Brooklyn history and published multiple articles in the New York Times and the Daily News.

John Denton

John Denton was a prominent community figure who authored “Little Old Canarsie” — a regular column in the Canarsie Courier.

Denton also managed Canarsie’s American Theatre from its grand opening in the early 1920’s, and later opened a license plate registration business in the former theatre space after its closing.

Mrs. Desola

Mrs. Desola was a legendary figure in the Canarsie community who saved the lives of many of her neighbors during the Sand Bay Fire — a blaze that engulfed large swaths of the neighborhood in 1919.

Anna Bogen

Anna Bogen — an E. 96th Street native — was a 1940s activist who fought for improvements in Canarsie schools.

Reach reporter Jessica Parks at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @_JessicaParks.
Updated 5:53 pm, November 4, 2019
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Joy ceparano from Canarsie says:
I think we should honor Pop Klee who lived in one of the oldest property in canarsie ran a fish amd bait and. Had pool tables.Girls werent allowed to hang inside though. He saved alot of kids by allowing boys and guys to hang out and shoot pool he was a old canarsian and always gets over looked
Nov. 5, 2019, 8:44 pm

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