ATLANTIC CITY — Although it takes up a small amount of space at the Noyes Arts Garage, the “Blacks in Blue” exhibit, opening Friday, contains a lot of information about a couple of trailblazing city crime-fighters.
On one wall are Joseph Allmond’s framed sergeant and deputy chief badges. Next to them is a plaque recognizing Allmond as the city’s first black chief of police.
On another wall is a replica of the badge worn by Maggie Creswell — who was honored with a plaque in 2007 as the city’s first police woman. A replica of the plaque hangs atop pictures of Creswell and the police force.
But the main exhibit is the uniform Allmond wore in the 1980 movie “Atlantic City,” starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon.
Ralph Hunter, president of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, created the exhibit in the last three weeks, with the help of three students recruited from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The presentation of the exhibit, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, will feature a book signing by Arthur Matthews, author of “Black in Blue,” which commemorated the accomplishments of black police officers in Philadelphia from 1881 to 2016. Atlantic City police Chief Henry White will be in attendance, and Hunter will acknowledge police officials and students who helped curate the show.
“These students did the research online, went to the museum archives, typed up all of the signs and created the programs, invitations and mailing list,” Hunter said. “Anything a staff person would do in a museum was done by these three students, and they had the opportunity to learn while they worked, and when they take those next steps in life they learned a lot from here.”
One of those students was Nafi Hinson.
Hinson, 16, of Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point, said the last three weeks were a learning experience.
“It shows what I accomplished on my first job. It’s like an internship,” he said. “It’s some firsthand stuff and we can learn from the process.”
Hunter told Hinson and fellow volunteers Qasim Zia, 15, and Aniyah Hepburn, 16, both of Atlantic City, to tape up the final signs as they finished up the exhibit.
One frame contained a map of the Northside showing the only area where black police officers were allowed to serve. Hunter pulled out the Department of Police payroll from 1932 to show Maggie Creswell’s salary — the same as that of male police officers.
“When you walk through, you’ll see what we’re talking about. You’ll see the story of Maggie Creswell and doctors like Stanley Lucas. It’s important,” Hunter said. “With all of the problems that everyone seems to think with police departments in the country, we have a very distinguished police department here in Atlantic City.”