It was a joyous Easter Sunday afternoon at the corner of Mansion & Catharine streets on Poughkeepsie’s south side. It was a sunny day with a cool light wind reminding everyone that we are still in the Hudson Valley, and yes, it was only April 4th.
The sizeable gathering in attendance was not there at the intersection, which boasts the impressive Beulah Baptist church for worship service.
Easter worship service was already over on zoom; people were getting ready to show up to receive the food packages the church was giving to needy city residents.
However, that was not all this crowd was there for; in the crowd was State Senator Sue Serino ®, County Executive, Marc Molinaro®, Mayor Rob Rollison®, assembly representatives, and members of the Beulah Baptist Church.
They were there to honor Pastor Jesse Voyd Bottoms, the man who has shepherded the flock at Beulah for almost 44-years.
In his Honor, the Intersection was named Rev. Dr. Jesse V. Bottoms Jr. Way.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who has given yeoman service, not just to his church, but to the city’s poor and needy community.
No other individual in the city has done more to advance the common good than Dr. Bottoms, whom I am proud to call my pastor.
Well done, Pastor & Mrs. Bottoms, well deserved.
From the Beckles Family.…..