The renaming of the Nevin Avenue Post Office in Richmond to the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building” has been signed into law, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced today.
DeSaulnier authored the legislation to rename the storied post office at 1025 Nevin Ave. after the late McCraw, who began serving the Richmond Post Office in 1965, became the Richmond Postmaster and 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).
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Community Social Services Corporation, McCraw “facilitated the development of a child care facility that has expanded to five locations and cares for hundreds of children,” according to DeSaunlier’s office.
“Renaming the Nevin Avenue Post Office in honor of Mr. McCraw is a fitting tribute to his commitment and service to the United States Postal Service and the Richmond community,” DeSaulnier said in a statement.
Annie Jones, McCraw’s sister, said she’s “proud and touched that his memory will live on in a place he truly loved.”
“My brother loved living in Richmond and working for USPS,” Jones said. “He was the type of man who gave his all to everything he did.”
Mayor Tom Butt called the downtown post office a “critical public and historic resource.”
“We are thrilled that Mr. McCraw’s legacy has been honored and it is especially significant now that this landmark was spared from closure earlier this year,” the mayor said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Mayor Butt and DeSaulnier worked together to prevent the planned closure of the post office. The U.S. Postal Service had planned to close the facility and relocate retail operations as part of a cost-saving measure.
DeSaulnier and Butt urged the Postal Service to reconsider and explored the possibility of the city of Richmond purchasing the post office to keep it in public use.
In July, USPS informed DeSaulnier’s office that it has ceased pursuing closure of the post office “at this time” following an analysis of changing market conditions.