Georgia Ann <I>Hill</I> Robinson

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Georgia Ann Hill Robinson

  • Birth 12 May 1879 Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 21 Sep 1961 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Section P
  • Memorial ID 49397780

Policewoman
Georgia Ann Hill never knew her parents, being raised by an older sister, then later, in a convent. At 18, she moved to Kansas where she took a job as a governess, met and married Morgan Robinson. The two moved to Leadville, Colorado, then Los Angeles with their daughter, Marian. Georgia became involved in various community organizations, where she was spotted by a Los Angeles Police Department recruiter who offered her a job. On July 25, 1916, Georgia became the first black policewoman in LAPD history, and likely the entire United States. She was first assigned as a jail matron, then later worked juvenile and homicide cases. She discovered in the course of her work that there was a great need for a women's shelter, and helped found the Sojourner Truth Home for those with nowhere else to go. In 1928, while attempting to break up a fight between two drunken women in the jail, she suffered a head injury that led to total permanent blindness. Pensioned off on disability, she began working with local community leaders to desegregate Los Angeles beaches and schools and continued her work with women in the shelter. Georgia was quoted in the September 1954 issue of Ebony magazine - "I have no regrets. I didn't need my eyes any longer. I had seen all there was to see."


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  • Created by: Guardian
  • Added: 7 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49397780
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Georgia Ann Hill Robinson (12 May 1879–21 Sep 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49397780, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Guardian (contributor 46861628) .