Street named after Haitian revolutionary leader

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EAST FLATBUSH -

A street was renamed after a Haitian revolutionary leader with the help of elected officials in East Flatbush.

The street is now called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, which runs about 30 blocks from Farragut Road to Eastern Parkway. 

Haitians in Brooklyn say they look up to Dessalines as a hero who led their people to freedom, and that the new street name pays tribute to where they come from.

Critics of the renaming say Dessalines led a bloody war and killed French civilians.

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