The effort to rename a Vallejo post office after the late Philmore Graham cleared its last hurdle Wednesday night and will now likely become law, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson’s office announced.
Now that Thompson’s bipartisan legislation to designate the United States Postal facility at 100 Admiral Callaghan Lane as the “Philmore Graham Post Office Building” passed the Senate, it goes to the president to be signed into law, according to the announcement. The legislation, H.R. 5106, was cosponsored by every member of the California Congressional Delegation in the House, it says.
“Philmore Graham earned this recognition though his life’s work in which he strived to help others succeed,” Thompson said in the prepared statement. “He served our nation in uniform, mentored youth in Vallejo, and was a leader in our community. It’s fitting that we honor his memory by forever naming our post office after Philmore Graham.”
A North Carolina native, Graham graduated from Tennessee State University, served in the Air Force and worked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He was the first and so far only African American to hold the position of supervisor at Mare Island’s Department of Nuclear Energy.