Richmond's First African American Police Officers

Richmond's First African American Police Officers (HMKM)

Location: Richmond, VA 23220
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N 37° 33.038', W 77° 26.581'

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On 1 May 1946, Richmond's 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.
Marker NumberSA 65
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284190 N 4158763
Decimal Degrees37.55063333, -77.44301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.038', W 77° 26.581'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 2.28" N, 77° 26' 34.86" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 253-299 VA-33, Richmond VA 23220, US
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