Joseph L. Somerville
The “America’s First Honoring Maryland’s First” event held on February 22nd at the Elks Lodge in California was a huge success!
Sheriff Cameron remarked, “We honored Sheriff Joe Lee Somerville, the first African American Sheriff in Maryland’s history, as well as the gifted team of writers and researchers responsible for our two books, America’s First and The Sheriff’s Of St. Mary’s County. It was a wonderful night celebrating notable events in the history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.”
Attendees included several deputies who were under Sheriff Somerville’s command - David Zylak, Becky Norris, Ernest Carter, Phil Cooper, Jeff McLane, Tim Bennett, Jamie Raley, Andy Holton, George Kramer and Sheriff Cameron.
Sheriff Cameron extends his heartfelt thanks to all that made this wonderful event happen, especially the co-hosts of this event, the NAACP of St. Mary’s and the UCAC. It was a night to remember.
On February 22, Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office will recognize and honor St. Mary’s County Sheriff Joseph L. Somerville, the first African-American Sheriff in the State of Maryland.
The agency will also be celebrating the publication of America’s First and The Sheriff’s Of St. Mary’s County, two books documenting the history of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the oldest, continuously operating Sheriff’s Office in the United States.
This event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, located at Fire Department Lane, in California. The public is invited! Tickets are available at the Sheriffs Office, St. Mary’s Chapter of the NAACP, and the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions.