Richmond Main Post Office renaming ceremony set for Friday

Richmond post office officially renamed after Harold D. McCraw, Sr.
The Richmond Main Post Office at 1025 Nevin Ave. has been officially renamed the Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building.

This Friday, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier is set to host a renaming ceremony for the Richmond Main Post Office.

The ceremony, which will rename the storied post office at 1025 Nevin Ave. to the Harold D. McCraw, Sr. Post Office Building, will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility.

DeSaulnier was behind recent efforts to both rename the post office after McCraw, and to keep the U.S. Postal Service from closing down the branch.

Late last year, legislation authored by the congressman, H.R. 606, was signed into law to rename the post office after McCraw, who served the USPS for 45 years starting in 1965.

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McCraw was a Richmond Postmaster and also a distinguished member of the Richmond community, having served on various boards and commissions and having started the East Bay Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS). He was also board member for the Greater Richmond Community Social Services Corporation. He died over 15 years ago.

This Friday, McCraw’s family and friends will join local leaders to mark the occasion. Officials from the USPS will be on hand to lay a plaque honoring Mr. McCraw, Desaulnier’s office said.

The event is free and open to the public.

In July, USPS reversed a decision to close the Nevin Avenue branch as a cost-cutting measure, but met resistance by community members and elected officials, including DeSaulnier and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt.

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