Pat Duval Singing Sheriff

Pat Duval sings the state song at the California Rodeo Salinas in July 2014. (Photo: The Salinas Californian)

Pat Duval, the first black American to become a deputy sheriff in Monterey County, will speak Sunday at a celebration of Black History Month in Salinas.

Duval, who retired in 1997 after 30 years on the force, is author of “From Colored Town to Pebble Beach: The Story of the Singing Sheriff.” He gives brutally honest descriptions of growing up in the segregated South in the 1950s and ’60s. He also provides a look back at local history from the time he joined the sheriff’s department in 1967.

Duval, who at one time in his young adulthood sought to become a singer with the legendary Motown label, later became known as the “Singing Sheriff” for his annual appearances at the California Rodeo Salinas. He’s also appeared in Clint Eastwood movies and was inspired to write his personal history by the late Maya Angelou

He will speak at 11 a.m. at St. James CME Church, 285 Calle Cebu, Salinas. The event is free. The public is invited. Information: Contact Mae Smith, 831-758-9849.

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