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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

DeSaulnier Effort to Rename Richmond Post Office Clears Next Hurdle

September 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Legislation authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) to rename the Nevin Avenue Post Office in Richmond, California as the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building” (H.R. 606) unanimously passed out of the Oversight and Government and Reform Committee. This effort does not impact the current process to sell the Nevin Avenue post office building, which is being pursued by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Mark will continue to push for the passage of the renaming legislation in tandem with his efforts to save the post office building from being sold.


“Harold D. McCraw Sr. embodied the culture of the Richmond community—he was hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated. Renaming the Nevin Avenue Post Office in his honor is a fitting tribute to his service to the USPS and the community. As the Richmond community wrestles with the potential sale and closure of this post office, the committee’s approval of this bill is a welcome development. I am committed to pushing for the renaming of the building, and will fight alongside Mayor Butt and the entire community to try to save the post office,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.  


“Harold McCraw helped ensure that African Americans had opportunities for advancement and now we must ensure that this facility remains in place as a critical public resource,” said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. “I hope McCraw’s leadership will be forever recognized at the Downtown Richmond Post Office. Along with Congressman DeSaulnier we will make every effort to prevent an injustice to our residents and keep the post office open.”

“I’m overjoyed by the news, it’s been a long journey, and my brother is well deserving of this honor. I thank Congressman DeSaulnier for his continued pursuit of renaming the Nevin Avenue Post Office after my brother, and I am also thankful for the work the Congressman, Mayor Tom Butt and the community of Richmond are doing to save the post office from closure—it was a place my brother truly loved,” said Annie Jones, sister of Harold D. McCraw.

Harold D. McCraw, Sr. was a distinguished and dedicated civil servant, who began working for the Richmond Post Office in 1965 and served the United States Postal Service for 45 years. He was an active member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS), and began the East Bay Chapter. McCraw not only served in his job as Richmond Postmaster, but was also an active member of the Richmond community, serving on various boards and commissions. He 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. Harold’s contributions helped make the community of Richmond a more just and fair place to live.