Why isn’t there any street in Finland named after Rosa Emilia Clay (1875-1959)?

by , under Enrique Tessieri and Muhammed Shire

Here’s a straightforward question: Why isn’t there in Finland any street named after Rosa Emilia Clay, the first African naturalized Finn in 1899? There is no street in Tampere that carries her name, where she resided shortly after migrating to the United States in 1904, and in Mustinlahti, where she was an elementary school teacher in 1898. 

Shouldn’t we strive to get a street in Finland named after Rosa Emilia Clay?


Rosa Emilia Clay. 


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  1. intternetnetsi

    No she wasnt, i can be sure there was people from africa before her. Of course racists like you want to highlight her.
    Woman who visited finland and you want street named after her, racist much.

  2. intternetnetsi

    bigotry of low expectations
    She didnt do anything extra, only skin colour.
    So you want to give people merits because of colour? Racist much?

  3. Joonas

    So, what kind of significant impact to the society Emilia made during her lifetime, besides being an African woman and having Finnish citizenship? Usually this kind of honor is given to person who actually made the difference to the country’s history (war veteran, writer, artist, president etc.), not because of their ethnicity or color of the skin. Are there any other countries in the world that would give a street name for being the first person from ethnic group X? Should we name our street for the first Italian, first Chinese, first red head and so on too?

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