Queen Street in Port of Spain will officially be renamed tomorrow to Queen Janelle Commissiong Street in recognition of her being named the first woman of colour to win the Miss Universe beautiy pageant crown.
Fondly known as ‘Penny’, she won the title and fame in 1977. During her reign, Penny was an advocate for black rights and world peace. Commissiong was awarded the Trinity Cross, this country’s then highest award in 1977, and three postage stamps were also issued in her honour. She married Brian Bowen, founder of Bowen Marine, who died in an accident in November 1989. After his death, she married businessman Alwin Chow.
The council of the Port of Spain City Corporation decided to unveil the sign during a formal ceremony tomorrow at 10 am, and with a parade starting at Picadilly Street, along Queen Street and ending at Richmond Street and culminate at the Government Campus Plaza where Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez will deliver an address.