According to 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.