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Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Haven corner to be named for Dr. Mattie Atkinson Darden

NEW HAVEN — The corner of Goffe and Sperry streets will be renamed for longtime community activist, business woman and spiritual leader Mattie Atkinson Darden at noon Saturday.
Darden, who will turn 87 the next day, established Agape Christian Center in 1983. The center serves the community with a soup kitchen and clothes closet. In 1987, Darden and the Agape family were the first to assist Elsie Cofield and the AIDS/HIV Interfaith Network, by adopting a family that had four members with the virus. Cofield founded the organization.
Once a month Darden oversees a youth night at Agape where activities, food and a safe environment are open to all youth.

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