TAMPA — The Rev. Abe Brown — the educator, coach, pastor, prison evangelist, mentor and community leader who succumbed to cancer in 2010 — was memorialized Monday as a post office was named after him.
The building at 2810 E Hillsborough Ave. in East Tampa has been renamed the Rev. Abe Brown Post Office.
"He had high expectations for all and devoted his life to students and on reconnecting ex-offenders to jobs and a better life through his ministries," said a statement by U.S. Rep Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who sponsored a bill for the new name. "Now we are paying him tribute by renaming the post office in his memory. It's a small but meaningful way to say thank you."
Brown was pastor of the First Baptist Church of College Hill since 1993, spent more than 30 years counseling prison inmates through Abe Brown Ministries, and was a teacher and football coach for 20 years in Hillsborough County schools.