As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “The time is always right to do what’s right.”
On Jan. 26, history was finally set right as Malverne’s Lindner Place was renamed Acorn Way.
This change was due to years of hard work by high school students who pushed the village to change the name of the street which was originally named over 100 years ago for a village founder who was also a Ku Klux Klan leader.
The street is home of to our very own Maurice W. Downing School, which was formerly called Lindner School prior to a name change. However, the street has remained named for the KKK leader, much to the dismay of the diverse Malverne community. Following a groundswell of support, including impassioned pleas from students and a public petition, the Malverne Village Board unanimously voted in September 2022 to rename Lindner Place as Acorn Way.
Today, with some of our current and former students who championed the change present to witness the historic moment in local history, the sign was replaced, and the street is officially named Acorn Way, a testament to the Malverne's motto, “Oaks from Acorns.”
Now that it has been removed, the original Lindner Place sign will be displayed in the Maurice W. Downing School library to preserve the past to remind people of what happened.
Learn more by watching this short video that was shown to all Malverne students today to give them history and context about the street renaming.
Click here to view the slideshow.