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Battle Takes To Baltimore


Now a lieutenant (1935), Samuel J. Battle knew that with his new authority comes responsibility. During the same time in Baltimore, Maryland, Black citizens were trying to integrate their police department. Still, Baltimore had an all-white police department. Samul Battle joined the fight. Samuel Battle joined Black leaders and politicians at Baltimore's Bethel AME church rally. While there, Samuel J. Battle talked about his history and the importance of having fellow Black officers. At the end of this rally, the audience signed petitions to the governor, mayor of Baltimore, and the police commissioner to integrate the Baltimore police department.

Battle remembered,
"The very next day, for the first time, several Negroes took the examination for the police force. And it was not too long before two plain-clothes men and a negro policewoman were appointed."

To read more about this and other stories, check out One Righteous Man by Arthur Browne.
To read more about this and other stories, check out The Black Shields by Roger L. Abel.

Battle Takes To Baltimore

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