Remembering one of the first black police officers in Gulfport

238 views – Janae Jordan – 2022-02-24 17:57:13

Malachi Lee was one of the first African-American officers sworn into the Police Department in 1949.

Although Nellie Henry, Malachi Lee’s great-niece, was not born until four years after he died, she says her family continues to keep his legacy alive. “He had his own business in the . He was a barber and then he went into law enforcement.”

In March 1949, Mayor Mitt Evans hired Lee and…

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