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ATF Bureau To Honor First African American Slain In Line Of Duty

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Federal authorities are paying tribute to a man who was the first black federal law enforcement official killed in the line of duty in the post-Reconstruction era. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is holding a ceremony at its Washington headquarters today to honor William Henderson Foote. Foote's name will be unveiled on the ATF memorial wall in a ceremony held as part of National Police Week.

The ATF says Foote was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in 1883 while working as a deputy collector for the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Internal Revenue. That's one of ATF's legacy agencies.

Members of Foote's family are scheduled to attend the ceremony, as is the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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