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Shreveport's first African American police officer passes away

William Hines, 86, became Shreveport's first black policeman in 1954.

Husband, father, pastor, convention worker, public servant. Those are just some of the titles that Marie Hines, says her husband, William, took during his lifetime. William Hines, 86, passed away at his Bossier City home Wednesday morning following a brief illness.

It was as 'Officer' Hines that William Hines would begin to make his mark. In 1954 he was hired as Shreveport's first black policeman.

"He was not a person who was afraid to stand alone even though sometimes it was not popular to stand alone or with other persons but yet he stood in what he believed for," Marie Hines says.

Hines walked his beat along Texas Avenue and eventually rose to be a Captain at the Shreveport Police Department. He also served in the Korean War and founded or participated in a number of civil service organizations.

"This community has not only lost an icon, a hero and a man of God, they lost a man who always had some kind words to share with young folks," says Shreveport NAACP President, Lloyd Thompson.

Hines founded and served as Pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport, leading the Sunday service just a week ago.

"He always sought to make people better, not so much himself, but others and for this a lot of us are grateful for the time that we had to spend with him and that he spent with us," says Marie Hines.

A memorial service will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18th at Peaceful Rest Baptist Church in Shreveport.  The funeral will also be at Peaceful Rest, Monday, May 19th at 10 a.m.
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