Post Office Renamed For First African American Mayor Of Roper
One town in the east honored a man with a prominent history in the area by renaming the post office after him.
Monday the town of Roper in Washington County paid tribute to Elmer “E.V.” Wilkins with a ceremony.
Wilkins was a fixture of the roper area making history as the towns first African American Mayor back in 1975. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, the man responsible for the legislation that resulted in the change was on hand.
A friend of Wilkins who passed away in 2002 at the age of 90 spoke of the mayor’s work.
Wilkins is also credited with leading a charge to provide bus rides for African American children as well as winning a court order with the NAACP that enforced the voting rights of African Americans in the area.