Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Hails Senate Passage of Bill Naming Post Office for Judge Russell B. Sugarmon

November 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) applauded last week’s Senate passage of his bill, H.R. 5349, to name the post office at 1320 Autumn Avenue in Memphis for Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Jr., the Civil Rights leader, attorney and judge. The House passed the bill in September and the final step is for it to be signed into law.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“No one deserves this honor more than Judge Sugarmon, whose lifetime achievements include being the first African-American to run for a major city office in 1959 and, in 1966, becoming the second African-American elected to the Tennessee General Assembly after Reconstruction. 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.

“Working alongside Vasco and Maxine Smith, Jesse Turner and other NAACP leaders in the fight for racial justice and equality, Judge Sugarmon was instrumental in using the courts to desegregate public transportation, restaurants, public facilities and the Memphis public schools. Russell Sugarmon’s example and support have been an inspiration to me in my career as a public servant as they have been to many others. I look forward to the dedication of the Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office soon.”