National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to Host Black History Month Program

Tuesday, January 21, 2020| Authored by
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“Rising in the Ranks: The ascent of African American law enforcement leaders and their impact on the community”

WASHINGTON – The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host a reception and panel discussion in the Museum on Thursday, February 13 recognizing the achievements of black law enforcement officers and the legacy of Sheriff Lucius D. Amerson. The late Sheriff Amerson was the first African American elected sheriff in the deep south since Reconstruction.

The public and the press are invited to hear this inspiring story of a law enforcement pioneer known for enforcing the law both fairly and equally among all citizens of racially-segregated Macon County, Alabama, in 1966. A reception begins at 6 pm, followed by the keynote presentation from Anthony Amerson, son of Sheriff Lucius Amerson, and the panel discussion at 6:45 pm.

Panelists and speakers for this engaging panel discussion are slated to include:

  • Rev. Thomas L. Bowen, Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice, Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, DC
  • Sheriff Paula Dance, First African American woman sheriff in the state of North Carolina (Pitt County)
  • Frank Lee, Director, Emergency Management Agency, Macon County, Alabama
  • Captain Sonia Pruitt, Montgomery County (MD) Police Department, Chairperson of the National Black Police Association

Anthony E. Amerson will moderate this informative panel discussion. Amerson will share some personal reflections about his father, along with a video presentation on the life and impact of Sheriff Amerson’s legacy.

“We are extremely excited about this upcoming program,” said National Law Enforcement Museum CEO Marcia Ferranto. “We are fortunate to be able to have Mr. Anthony Amerson join us, along with this inspiring panel of law enforcement leaders. Their personal stories of rising through the ranks to achieve leadership status speaks volumes about where the law enforcement profession is headed and how the changing faces of law enforcement will have a profoundly positive impact on the communities the officers serve.”

“Rising in the Ranks” is sponsored by Target as part of the National Law Enforcement Museum’s ongoing Witness series. The public is invited to attend with a $10 discounted admission. Please note that seating is limited.

For media access, please contact Robyn Small at 202-737-8524


About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit The adjacent National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 21,910 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

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