the Los Angeles Police Department, “Jesse Kimbrough joined the Department in 1915 as a reserve officer. He earned his
official status in 1916. A decorated war hero, Kimbrough organized and played on the Department’s Black baseball team,
the Lawmen, as their coach and catcher. Throughout the Depression, the popular Lawmen competed against local teams and visiting
Negro League Baseball squads in a series of charity ball games.
The team’s efforts
raised more than $10,000 in 1929 alone. Kimbrough retired from the Department in 1939. A prolific writer,
Kimbrough authored two published books – the semiautobiographical novel, Defender of the Angels, which chronicled his
career as a police officer, and Brown Doughboy, a World War I narrative written from the perspective
of a Black soldier. Defender of the Angels was originally published in 1969 on Kimbrough’s
77th birthday.” (The BEAT, February 2001)
Jesse Kimbrough is
the author of Brown Doughboy and Defender of Angels.