Breaking the color barrier: Patrol's first black trooper recalls career
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
He never intended to be a pioneer, David McPherson recalled this week while visiting the Missouri Highway Patrol’s General Headquarters.
“I thought I was coming to make a contribution,” he said. “I’d served my country ... and I knew I wanted a law enforcement career.”
But he knew he was going to be a pioneer as soon as he asked for an application, and the trooper working the desk in the Patrol’s Kirkwood office told him: “Don’t you know that we don’t have any Negroes on the Highway Patrol in the state of Missouri?”
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