Herbert T. Jenkins photographs
Black-and-white photographs dating from 1893 to 1975 of the career of Atlanta police chief Herbert T. Jenkins including images of African American police officers and the Summerhill riots in 1966.
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Contributor to Resource
Rogers, Kenneth G., 1907-1989
Wilson, Bill, (William Bryan), 1914-1993
Carl Dixon Studio (Atlanta, Ga.)
Lane Brothers Photography News Service (Atlanta, Ga.)
Kislek Photographer (Atlanta, Ga.)
Date of Original
Jenkins, Herbert T.
African American police--Georgia--Atlanta
United States. Kerner Commission
African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Allen, Ivan, 1911-
Atlanta (Ga.). Police Dept.
The collection consists of photographs connected with Herbert Jenkins; the bulk of the collection documents Jenkins' professional career. Images of note include 30 photographs of the Summerhill race riot (1966); First Community Officers (1968); Negro School Traffic Policewomen (1950); and the first African-American patrolmen (1948)., Herbert Turner Jenkins (20 March 1907 - 20 July 1990) was born in Lithonia GA and became an Atlanta police officer at the age of 24. On 2 February 1947, Mayor William B. Hartsfield appointed him chief of police, a position he held until 1972. During the 1960s, Jenkins worked closely with Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., to ensure Atlanta's safety during times of racial and social unrest. It is generally believed that Jenkins' approach, to accommodate civil rights activists, spared Atlanta from the serious riots seen in other cities. In 1967, Jenkins was the only Southerner named by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. His wife Margie Mason Jenkins died in February 1987; together they had two sons, James and Herbert Jenkins, Jr.
Herbert T. Jenkins photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.
Atlanta History Center