WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department unveiled a plaque Thursday in memory of the late Sgt. Edward Haynes, the department's first African-American sergeant.
Haynes and William Hill were both hired in 1954 after the local chapter of the NAACP and other leaders petitioned the City Council to hire African-American police officers.
Haynes retired from the department in 1984. He passed away at his home on March 1, 2014 at the age of 92.
The ceremony was held Thursday at the Wilmington Police Department.
WECT's Frances Weller interviewed Sgt. Edward Haynes in the 1980s. You can take a look back at that video here.