This Week’s Kent County History Quiz Question: Who was the first African American to serve on a Kent County police force?
A. Lamonte Cooke
B. Rudolph Brown
C. Marcellene Beck
D. None of the above
This Week’s Answer: Rudolph Brown.
Rudolph Brown was the first African American to serve on a Kent County police force. He was honored by the Town of Chestertown after serving for 21 years from the 1950s to the 1970s, retiring as a Lieutenant. Brown was also a Kent County Public School bus contractor for many years and was active in the Asbury United Methodist Church near his home in Georgetown.
Brown is pictured on the left in a photo of CPD officers and Mayor David Haacke display the town’s new patrol car (mid-1960s). Photo from the Archives of the African American Heritage Council, curator Karen Somerville.
The Kent County History Quiz is a weekly local brainteaser. Kent County historian and author Joan Horsey contributes to the quiz’s development. Our goal is to create an opportunity for local learning and discussion. If you have a quiz idea, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.