Harlem’s Legendary Samuel Jesse Battle, The First African-American New York City Police Department Officer, 1883 – 1966

Samuel Jesse Battle, January 16, 1883 – August 7, 1966, was an American police officer and the first African-American New York City Police Department officer, sworn in on March 6, 1911.
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Harlem’s ‘One Righteous Man’ By Arthur Browne

arthur browns bookAn early reader of this portrait of Samuel Jesse Battle harkened back to the Old Testament, verse three of Psalm 106: “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!” Continue Reading →


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