Aug 4, 2009

Who is Samual J. Battle?

We noticed this article in today's Daily News about Sam Battle, the first African-American Police Officer appointed in New York City. He was appointed to the force in 1911, according to the article, and served in Harlem. It has been 43 years since his death and thanks to the work of a local Harlem historian the City has renamed Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street Samuel J. Battle Plaza.