Through the sting of watching younger white officers get promotions over him, Eugene C. Perry retained the polished professionalism that marked what became a storied career as Waynesboro’s first black policeman.|
“He is the most disciplined man I ever met,” said his son Anthony Perry, 54, a retired Army major. “By far.”
Perry, 80, died Dec. 19. He will be remembered with two services this week.
Waynesboro schools were still segregated and many restaurants would not serve black patrons when a biracial committee chose Perry to join the Waynesboro Police Department in August 1963, just weeks before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
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