January 17, 2021
From the Researcher's Notes
I first met Abraham Bolden at his home on the South Side of Chicago. What a humble man. He was the first African American Secret Serviceman with a detail guarding the President of the United States. He was handpicked by President John F. Kennedy, but unfortunately he experienced constant discrimination from the beginning of his assignment. Though his plight has been largely ignored for over 50 years, an article in the Chicago Sun Times appeared that expressed hope that Mr. Bolden would finally be exonerated and cleared of false criminal charges and accusations. Abraham Bolden appeared in th 2018 editon of A Journey Into 365 Days of Black History Wall calendar. It was a pleasure to meet him and bring his story to light. At 87 years old, Mr. Bolden wants vindication of his name and life's work. If you don't have the 2018 edition of "A Journey into 365 Days of Black History," check out this article entitled: "It's Long Past time to Finally clear First White House Black Secret Service Agent's name"