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Attorney Jesse McCrary, Jr. honored at Little River Post Office

caines | 2/28/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Civil rights activist was first Black in FL Cabinet since Reconstruction

A dedication ceremony was held last Friday honoring the late attorney and civil rights activist, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. A plaque was hung in the Little River Post Office [140 NE 84th Street] lobby where the ceremony took place. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and U.S. Postal Service Area Vice President Jo Ann Feindt were among those in attendance. They were joined by McCrarys family and friends. Wilson was responsible for the Congressional dedication and naming ceremony and had this to say about McCrary. Mr. Jesse McCrary, Jr., was a visionary, a leader and a man of great conviction who fought for what was just and right. He leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice, dedication to his community, his state and his country. I am honored to pay tribute to this extraordinary man who is truly worthy of praise and Congressional recognition. McCrary was indeed a man of many firsts in the State of Florida. He was the first Black Florida Cabinet member since Reconstruction when he was appointed Floridas 19th Secretary of State in 1978. Prior to that, in 1967, he became the States first Black assistant Attorney General. He was also the first Black lawyer to argue a case before the Supreme Court on behalf of a Southern state. In addition, he was Dade County Public School Boards first Black attorney. In 2003, the Florida Legislature passed a resolution recognizing his work on 10 landmark Florida Supreme Court cases. Born in 1937 in Blitchton, Marion County, Florida, he was a graduate of Florida A&M University, where he received both his bachelors degree and his Juris Doctor [1965]. He died in 2007 at the age of 70, leaving behind his wife and two daughters. Miami Times staff report