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Former Newark NAACP president Sally Carroll in the 1960s

Trailblazer: Sally Carroll

Among first black women to serve as Newark police officer

By David Wildstein, January 16 2023 12:01 am

Sally Carroll was one of the first black women to serve as a Newark police officer in the 1940s.

Carroll’s involvement with the Newark NAACP lasted more than 50 years, including a stint as president from 1967 to 1974.  She led the group during the 1967 Newark riots and when Newark elected its first black mayor, Kenneth Gibson, in 1970.  From 1984 to 2002, she was a national NAACP board member.

From 1951 to 1977, she served as an Essex County sheriff’s officer and became the first black woman detective.

After her retirement from the sheriff’s department, Gov. Brendan Byrne appointed her to serve as the first black woman on the New Jersey Parole Board.  She served two terms in that post.

Carroll died in 2019.

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