Geraldine Avery


Geraldine Avery (seated) was the first black woman to be appointed police matron at the Portland City jail. She was hired in November 1954. She is photographed here with her co-worker, Vida Johnson.



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  • PUpic_001304



File format


  • OrHi 73752; Photo file 113-A

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