StoryCorps

‘We Were The First Women Police Officers’

Beth Cunningham with her grandmother, June Garrow at StoryCorps Atlanta.
Beth Cunningham with her grandmother, June Garrow at StoryCorps Atlanta.

When June Garrow was growing up in Alabama in the 1930s and 40s, her father was the Chief-of-Police.

She had many jobs as a young woman, even as a school crossing guard, but she surely never dreamed of becoming an officer herself, until one day when she saw an ad in the newspaper.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth.