Plaque at Little River Post Office to honor Miami civil rights activist

 

A dedication ceremony to honor late civil rights activist Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. will take place Friday at the Little River Post Office..

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and Area Vice President Jo Ann Feindt will be in attendance at the 2 p.m. event at the post office at the branch at 140 NE 84th St.

The public is invited to attend ceremony where a plaque honoring McCrary will be installed in the Post Office lobby.

McCray was born in 1937 in Blitchton, Florida, the son of a Baptist preacher. He eventually went on to attend FAMU, where he was a civil rights activist, organizing sit-ins in Tallahassee before graduating with a law degree.

He became the first African-American member of the Florida Cabinet since the end of Reconstruction. He was also Florida’s first assistant Attorney General.

He returned to private practice in 1979 and was active in the community in the 1980s and 1990s.

McCrary died in 2007.

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