Boston Police Remember First Black Officer

Boston Police honored the first African American officer to serve in department as part of their salute to Black History earlier this month.

The Boston Police saluted Officer Horatio Julius Homer in a press release February 5. Homer served on the force from 1878 until his retirement in 1919, Boston Police said. Over the course of his 41-year career Homer served at the Commissioner’s Office in Pemberton Square, patrolled Boylston Street in the Back Bay area on Sundays, and was promoted to Sergeant in 1895.

In addition to working for the Boston Police, Homer would memorize one poem everyday, and could play 11 instruments, Boston Police said. Homer also established relationships with judges, federal workers, and state representatives, and they hosted Frederick Douglass during one of his visits to Boston.

The Boston Police also previously dedicated the Community Room at the District B-2 station in Roxbury in honor of Homer, Boston Police said.





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