Congressman DeSaulnier Celebrates Black History Month by Formally Renaming Richmond Post Office in Honor of a Distinguished Civil Servant and African American Leader in Richmond

February 22, 2019
Press Release

Richmond, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) held a ceremony to officially rename the Richmond Main Post Office located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond to the Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building. The name change comes after Congressman DeSaulnier’s bill (H.R. 606) to rename the post office in Mr. McCraw’s honor passed both Chambers of Congress unanimously and was signed into law in December of 2018 (PL 115-283). Harold D. McCraw, Sr. was a distinguished and dedicated civil servant, who began working for the Richmond Post Office in 1956 and served the United States Postal Service (USPS) for 45 years. 

“The City of Richmond is, and has always been, home to hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated citizens who put community and country first,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “Today’s ceremony to rename the Richmond Main Post Office in honor of Mr. McCraw is a fitting tribute to his commitment and service to the United States Postal Service and the Richmond community. I am honored to have helped to ensure that Mr. McCraw’s lasting contributions to the City of Richmond will be displayed at the heart of the community.” 

Mr. McCraw not only served as Richmond Postmaster, but was also an active member of the Richmond community, serving on various boards and commissions, and starting the East Bay Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS). He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Community Social Services Corporation, where he facilitated the development of a child care facility that has expanded to five locations and cares for hundreds of children.

Congressman DeSaulnier played an active role in saving the Nevin Avenue Post Office building from being sold. After urging the United States Postal Service to reconsider their plans to sell the building, issuing public comment opposing the plan, and working with the Mayor and the City of Richmond to explore purchasing the post office to keep it in public use, Congressman DeSaulnier was informed in July of 2018 that all plans to sell the building have been halted.