BETANCES, RAMON EMETERIO DR.
537 East 146th Street
Consolidated With Betances III-VI
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 292-8620 Fax (718) 993-3679
144th St./147th St.
St. Ann's Ave./Brook Ave.
2, 5 to 149th Street and 3rd Avenue – walk 3 blocks to 146th Street – then 2 blocks to Brook Avenue
BX2, BX15, BX19, BX55 to 149th Street/3rd Avenue
NAMED AFTER: DR. RAMON E. BETANCES (1827-1898) – Often called "The Abraham Lincoln of Puerto Rico" for his efforts to free the slaves, Betances was the son of a wealthy landowner who received his medical degree from the University of Paris. He founded a hospital in Mayaguez where he treated victims of a cholera epidemic. In 1867 he organized an abortive insurrection against the Spanish colonial government. Betances was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his contribution to literature. Betances Houses is in the Bronx.