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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richmondís First African American Police Officers

 
 
Richmond's First African American Police Officers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
1. Richmond's First African American Police Officers Marker
Inscription. On 1 May 1946, Richmondís first professional African American police officers were hired and assigned to the First Precinct at Smith and Marshall Streets. They were Howard T. Braxton, Doctor P. Day, Frank S. Randolph, and John W. Vann. On 16 December 1949, Ruth B. Blair became the first professional African American female police officer hired and assigned to the Juvenile Division. On 18 July 1964, Sergeant Randolph was promoted to Detective Lieutenant. While challenged by segregated conditions and discriminatory practices, their perseverance created an inspiring legacy.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 65.)
 
Location. 37° 33.038′ N, 77° 26.581′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of W Leigh Street (Virginia Route 33) and Brook Road, on the right when traveling east on W Leigh Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ebenezer Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leigh Street Armory (about 500 feet away); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Marker on W Leigh Street at Brook Road image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 28, 2007
2. Marker on W Leigh Street at Brook Road
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (approx. ľ mile away); John Jasper (approx. ľ mile away); Site of J. E. B. Stuart's Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); “I must save the women of Richmond!” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samuel Preston Moore (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Events
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,492 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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