Castor files bill to rename post office for Abe Brown
TAMPA - Abe Brown, who was humble and modest, might have frowned at the attention. But the people who loved him and remember him say its a small gesture for a man who did so much for others. "Rev. (Abe) Brown delivered for this community," said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. "He delivered hope. He delivered salvation for a lot of young men and women. He delivered inspiration and encouraging words to all." Last week, Castor filed a bill in the U.S. Congress to rename East Tampa's Produce Station Post Office after the pastor, educator, community activist, football coach and founder of Abe Brown Ministries, which preached to prisoners throughout the state. On Monday, Castor gathered with Brown's family and friends to make the announcement that she had filed the bill and that possibly next year the post office at 2810 E. Hillsborough Ave. will be renamed."This is just one small way to honor his legacy," Castor said. Brown died last year at the age of 83 after battling a third bout of cancer. Through the years, he inspired children and adults. At his funeral, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy spoke. When Castor was a student at Chamberlain High, Brown was the dean of students at the school. He was known as the "tough dean" at Chamberlain, Castor said. "He really spoke with moral authority because he dedicated his life to young people in this community," Castor said. "In this community, it's very important to recognize people who have been selfless leaders and Rev. Brown epitomized a public servant and a great educator," Castor said. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller and Tampa city Councilman Frank Reddick attended the announcement held outside the post office. The Produce Station Post Office was on a list for closure, but the community saved it by declaring its importance, Castor said.
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