Collection Number: 70108

Collection Title: Clyde Cox Scrapbook, 1940s-1960s

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Size 1 item (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Scrapbook of Clyde Linwood Cox (1914-1969), one of the first two Black police officers in Durham, N.C., and the first Black detective in the state of North Carolina. Cox used a program for the October 1946 Police Ball held at the City Armory to hold newspaper clippings, photographs, and other items related to his early law enforcement career and to the hiring of Black officers elsewhere in the South. The program includes information about the Police Ball, Durham history, and a letter from the white Durham Chief of Police H. E. King, in which he mentions that Cox and fellow Black policeman James B. Samuel have "proved to be very valuable." The program also includes two-page spread with individual portraits of Durham officers, including six Black patrolmen: O. C. Johnson, J. S. Frongerbur, Frank McCrea, Joe Barnes, Samuel, and Cox. There are approximately 30 newspaper clippings and a letter of commendation to Cox from the police chief of Wilson, N.C., for Cox’s help in breaking up a lottery racket. There are a number of photographs of Cox and other Black officers in uniform, as well as a photograph of Cox in civilian clothes when he was promoted to detective. Also included is a signed confession from an individual charged in a stabbing, which may have resulted in a death.
Creator Cox, Clyde, 1914-1969
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Clyde Cox Scrapbook #70108, North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from L & T Respess Books (Acc. 20211103.1)
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Clyde Linwood Cox (1914-1969) was one of the first two Black police officers in Durham, N.C., and the first Black detective in the state of North Carolina. Cox and James B. Samuel (1919-1989) were hired as patrolmen in 1944 and stationed in Hayti, a historically Black district.

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Scrapbook of Clyde Cox, one of the first two Black police officers in Durham, N.C. Cox used a program for the October 1946 Police Ball held at the City Armory to hold newspaper clippings, photographs, and other items related to his early law enforcement career and to the hiring of Black officers elsewhere in the South. The program includes information about the Police Ball, Durham history, and a letter from the white Durham Chief of Police H. E. King, in which he mentions that Cox and fellow Black policeman James B. Samuel have "proved to be very valuable." The program also includes two-page spread with individual portraits of Durham officers, including six Black patrolmen: O. C. Johnson, J. S. Frongerbur, Frank McCrea, Joe Barnes, Samuel, and Cox. There are approximately 30 newspaper clippings and a letter of commendation to Cox from the police chief of Wilson, N.C., for Cox’s help in breaking up a lottery racket. There are a number of photographs of Cox and other Black officers in uniform, as well as a photograph of Cox in civilian clothes when he was promoted to detective. Also included is a signed confession from an individual charged in a stabbing, which may have resulted in a death.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Howard Lucas, November 2021

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, November 2021

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