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African American Community Honors One Of South Florida’s First Black Police Officers

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SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings remembers Rev. Samuel Delevoe, who was one of the first black police officers in Fort Lauderdale.

Drivers zip down Sistrunk Boulevard, the historic main street in the historically black northwest section of Fort Lauderdale, without giving much thought to the large sign identifying one of its most prominent features: The Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park.

Others stop to play basketball or volleyball, use the outdoor fitness station or the indoor computer lab, or visit the adjacent African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

The park’s namesake got renewed attention on Wednesday, as family members, community activists and prominent Broward political leaders commemorated Delevoe on the 40th annual Samuel Delevoe Day in Florida.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.