National Negro Detective
Q. J. Gilmore- 1920's
We are happy to report that
Ben Harroll, founder of the
PI Museum in California; has found and done research on the above
badge which is a substantial contribution to the history of private investigation
as well as to black history. Here is Mr. Harroll's research so far on
this highly important badge....
Quincy J. Gilmore was Traveling
Secretary for the famous Kansas City Monarchs baseball club. The years
1920 thru 1942 were a remarkable time for the Negro National League and
Mr. Gilmore. The 1st Negro Leagues World Series was won by the Kansas
City Monarchs in the year of 1924.
For a much fuller treatment of the life and times of Quincy J. Gilmore
you can use Google to find the article (7th link) under Grassroots Editor,
A Journal For Newspeople/International Society Of Weekly Newspaper Editors,
Written By Jason Berger. This article mentions the only known book to
discuss in detail the story of Quincy J. Gilmore who arrived in Kansas
City, MO in 1918 and is believed to have died there either in 1946 or
1948. The book is called The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black
Baseball (1985) By Janet Bruce.
On behalf of the P.I. Museum and all Private Investigators who value and
support the preservation of our own P.I. History I've begun a search for
more definitive proof that this badge was, in fact, connected with Quincy
J. Gilmore of the Kansas City Monarchs and the well known Negro National
The PBS Television Program called The History Detectives welcomes stories
just like this one. Therefore, I submitted our National Negro Detective
Agency badge story to them with the request that they help determine if
this badge was, in fact, connected with Quincy J. Gilmore of the Kansas
City Monarchs (1920 - 1942) of the Negro National League. If this turns
out to be the case then we have both an actual relic or historic treasure
and artifact from both P.I. History and Black Baseball.
Ben Harroll and the
PI Museum is now a non-profit organization doing a very good job to
preserve the history of private investigation. We urge you to join in
with their efforts by contacting him. The PI Museum now has memberships.
For more information, contact:
PI Museum And
Gaslamp Quarter Investigations
P.I. Museum Founder & Curator
923 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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