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Private Thomas J. Martin

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1870

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Great to see this story brought to light. I commend the City of Charleston for finally acknowledging is vicious tragedy. I hope those that were arrested were convicted and punished. Rest In Power Thomas J. Martin

South Carolina

October 16, 2020

Charleston Police officer killed in line of duty in 1870 to be inducted into S.C. Hall of Fame

Posted on September 28 , 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Charleston will hold a press conference honoring the life and legacy of Charleston Police Private Thomas J. Martin Monday.
The press conference at 1 p.m. at the City Gallery, located at 34 Prioleau Street.
Private Martin, the first African American police officer lost in the line of duty in Charleston in July of 1870, is scheduled be inducted into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

The city says the press conference will highlight the results of recent historical and genealogical research into Private Martin’s life and lineage, as well as current Charleston Police Department initiatives that honor and build upon his legacy.

Retired Police Officer

September 28, 2020

Private Martin, on this 150th anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure, we say thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your memory or sacrifice by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

Pvt. Martin,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Charleston.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2020

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 31, 2020

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