The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation on Sept. 13 to rename Richmond’s Nevin Avenue Post Office, the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building.”
McCraw was the longtime Postmaster in Richmond, and worked for the Post Office 45 years altogether. H.R. 606, the bill to name Nevin Avenue after McCraw, was introduced by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA – 11).
“Renaming the Nevin Avenue Post Office in honor of Harold D. McCraw Sr. is a fitting tribute to honor his unwavering commitment and service to the United States Postal Service and the community of Richmond,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “In many ways, Mr. McCraw’s hard work, compassion, and dedication are emblematic of Richmond residents. Naming this building in his honor puts those values on display in the heart of the community.”
According to a statement released by Congressman DeSaulnier, “Mr. McCraw not only served as Richmond Postmaster, but was also an active member of the Richmond community, serving on various boards and commissions, and starting the East Bay Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS). He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Community Social Services Corporation, where he facilitated the development of a child care facility that has expanded to five locations and cares for hundreds of children. His contributions helped make the community of Richmond a more just and fair place to live.”
“I am so overwhelmed and so happy that this bill is moving forward,” said Annie Jones, McGraw’s sister “My family will be so excited to see Harold’s name on the post office—it was a place my brother truly loved.”
Earlier this year, the Post Office announced it would keep the Nevin Avenue office open, after first having proposed selling off the building. Congressman DeSaulnier and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt led the effort to keep the Nevin Avenue location open as a post office.
“The Downtown Richmond Post Office is an important public resource that Congressman DeSaulnier and I have fought hard to preserve,” said Mayor Tom Butt. “Our residents greatly value the importance of racial equity and resilience which is echoed by the renaming of this landmark in honor of Mr. McCraw. During this period of chaos and fear in Washington D.C. I am heartened to see the Richmond Post Office stand as a symbol of our community’s leadership.”
H.R. 606 now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.