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Herbert Jenkins photographs, 1895-1975 (VIS 43)    

Herbert Turner Jenkins (1907 –1990) was born in Lithonia Georgia and became an Atlanta police officer at the age of 24.  In 1947, Mayor William B. Hartsfield appointed him chief of police, a position he held until 1972.  During the 1960s, Jenkins worked with Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., to ensure Atlanta’s safety during times of racial and social unrest.  He married Margie Mason Jenkins and they had two sons, James and Herbert Jenkins, Jr.
The collection documents Jenkins’ professional career and features images of Atlanta Police Department personnel.  The collection also includes images of the Summerhill race riot in 1966, and officers of the Atlanta Police Department dating from 1895, including the first African American officers hired in 1948. The collection includes several images of Commissioner Jenkins and Mayor William B. Hartsfield. 

The Herbert Jenkins photographs contain 616 black and white and color photographs, 112 of which are digitized and available on this database.  To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.