Great Americans : Samuel J. Battle

Thursday, April 15, 1943

Sept 4, 1941: Mayor LaGuardia appointing Lt. Samuel J. Battle as member of Parole Commission. Police Commissioner Louis Valentine is center. (Photo by John Tresilian/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Re-enactment of the story of Samuel "Jesse" Battle, the first African-American police officer in Brooklyn, from his first attempts to join the force, to his promotion to Lieutenant.

Begins with a musical version of the Declaration of Independence.

In cooperation with the Juvenile Welfare Council. Outstanding Negroes in American Life.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69030
Municipal archives id: LT346


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About Miscellaneous

Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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