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African-American Police League Founder To Be Remembered Friday

By Sam Cholke | September 7, 2017 5:50am
 Pat Hill, founder of the African American Police League and who died on Sunday, will be remembered on Friday.
Pat Hill, founder of the African American Police League and who died on Sunday, will be remembered on Friday.
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GRAND CROSSING — Pat Hill, 66, a former executive director of Chicago African-American Police League who died on Sunday, will be remembered on Friday.

A visitation for Hill will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Hill joined the Chicago Police Department in 1986, but was best known for reviving the African-American Police League, which pushed for better relationships between police and African-American communities and advocated on behalf of black officers.

She went on to serve as a bodyguard for Mayor Harold Washington.

Before joining the police force, she taught physical education in high schools and was a mentor to young track and field competitors.

Hill had narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team for the long jump in 1968.

She taught at Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies after retiring.

She died Sunday of cancer at Rush University Medical Center.