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Mel Groomes
Birth: Mar. 6, 1927
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1997
Greensboro
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA

Professional football player. After graduating from Trenton Central High School in New Jersey, Melvin Harold Groomes went to the University of Indiana. After college, the Detroit Lions signed him to be a halfback and defensive back. No NFL team other than the Rams had a black player until the Lions signed Groomes. He was one of two black players on the Lions in 1948. He played a total of nine games in two seasons (1948 and 1949) for the Lions. He caught a total of five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown. He intercepted one pass which he returned for 25 yards. He and a handful of other black pro football pioneers endured hostility competing against all-white teams in a slow-to-integrate National Football League. (bio by: Mel Bashore) 
 
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Martins Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery
Pleasant Grove (Alamance County)
Alamance County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Mel Bashore
Record added: Sep 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21653793
Mel Groomes
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