First African-American Police Officers Ceremony
Thursday, August 22, 2013 · 10:00 am
The Virginia Beach Police Department will host a second ceremony to honor its first African-American police officers on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the 24th Street Park, dubbed the Cox Cultural Pavilion on the oceanfront. Last August, the VBPD held its first ceremony in which several men were honored for their service. Eight of the men were paid officers and 22 were Auxiliary (volunteers) prior to 1969. The ceremony was entitled, “Black Law Enforcement Pioneers” and was very successful; however, we learned that we had missed a few of these pioneers. Limited amounts of historical sources hindered the research conducted by a committee of internal and external members dedicated towards honoring these men. It wasn’t until after the original ceremony that the identity of the last three men were determined, and this ceremony will finally bring to light men who may have been momentarily lost in history but brought forward and will forever be remembered as pioneers within our law enforcement community.
The ceremony will be our opportunity to finally honor; David S. Whitehurst, Hezekiah Little Jr., and Eugene Ramsey. The Virginia Beach Police Department will be partnering with the Africana Virginia Beach 2013 celebration that will include among other events, an hour long ceremony to celebrate the three men listed above and reaffirm our appreciation of all the Black Law Enforcement Pioneers.