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Last of APD’s segregation era ‘Big Six’ dies

ETRIS SMITH

ETRIS SMITH

ALBANY — The last of six police officers who broke the color barrier in the Albany Police Department during the 1960s has died, police officials said Friday.

APD officials said Etris Smith Sr., 68, died Monday.

Smith, who was hired by APD on Nov. 4, 1964, and five other African Americans made history when they became the department’s first uniformed black officers. The group came to be known as the “Big Six” for ending segregation in the ranks.

The funeral service for Smith is planned for 11 a.m. today at Third Kiokee Baptist Church, 521 Carver Ave.