A Pioneering Police Officer
Edgar Pickett, Jr. was the first black police officer on the force in Lakeland, a job he held for over 29 years.
But there was one day 50 years ago his career was almost cut short.
He shared the story - along with other stories from his career and his life with his wife of 64 years - with his son, Edgar Pickett III, at the Story Corps mobile booth in St. Petersburg this past January.
â€œSherlock (Extended Remix)" by Fluid Vibraphonic
This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Lisa Peakes.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors. For more information, please visit: http://storycorps.org/
Monday at 8:45 AM during Morning Edition and 5:44 PM during All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7.