Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Applauds Committee Passage of Sugarmon Post Office Bill

May 23, 2018
Press Release
Effort to name Memphis postal facility for pioneering jurist advances

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) applauded the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s passage today of a bill he introduced that would designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 1325 Autumn Avenue as the “ Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office Building.” He made the following statement:

“No one deserves this honor more than Judge Sugarmon, a tireless trailblazer and advocate for Civil Rights and a highly regarded attorney and judge. I look forward to seeing the full House take a vote to pass the bill and to attending a dedication ceremony later this year in Memphis.”

Judge Sugarmon, aged 89, was the first African-American to run for a major city office in 1959 and the second African-American elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 1966. Before becoming a judge in 1987, he practiced with Memphis’ and the South’s first integrated law firm – Ratner, Sugarmon, Lucas, Willis and Caldwell – after attending Morehouse College and Rutgers University and receiving a law degree from Harvard University.