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Port Authority History: The Singular Achievement of Ernesto Butcher

PROLOGUE: ” I read this morning the tribute to Ernesto Butcher whom I never had the privilege of meeting. That said, he is clearly an iconic figure to Port Authority employees who, without exception, admired his courage, his integrity and … Continue reading

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The Jackie Robinson of the PAPD: Dr. Cyril O. Byron, Sr.

By Mercedes Guzman, Media Relations, Police Blogger In 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier as the first African American to play Major League Baseball, Dr. Cyril O. Byron, Sr. blazed his own trail by joining … Continue reading

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LaGuardia Airport history: Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to fly airplanes

By Roz Hamlett, Portfolio Editor In the same year that Amelia Earhart took her first flying lesson – 1921 – Bessie Coleman received her pilot’s license, making her the first African-American licensed pilot in the world.  The following year, her … Continue reading

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