The Funeral will be held:
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Interment: Dade Memorial Park
Friday December 7, 2012, 2:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. at Gregg L Mason Funeral Home
Calvin Mapp, a Miami Judge, and the first african-american county court judge in Miami, has passed away.
Judge Mapp was a fixture in the courthouse for decades before his retirement. Here is a web page listing the first Black police officers in Miami. Judge Mapp is listed as a member of those first officers.
And here is Judge Mapp in 1985 square in the middle of a brouhaha between Miami and Los Angeles. Judge Mapp sent a convicted sex offender who was "dumped" in Miami back to Los Angeles. Then Santa Monica police chief James Keane admitted he had sent the offender to Miami by purchasing him a one way ticket in response to a Fort Lauderdale Judge buying a notorious prostitute a one way ticket to LA as an alternative to a jail sentence.
What is notable about Judge Mapp's passing is this: We are now just a generation removed from a time when Miami was a segregated town. When there were separate water fountains and bathrooms for "blacks and jews" and many homes in Miami were sold with restrictive covenants prohibiting the sale of the property to people with jewish or black blood.
Judge Mapp broke a color line. His memory stands to remind us that it was not that long ago when there were religious and sex and race lines that had been firmly drawn and needed heroes to step up and break them.