In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.
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