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February 28, 2023
Hilton Head Island native Caesar H. Wright Jr. spent decades working in postal service on the Island. Two months ago, the United States Congress honored Wright's life work by renaming the Island’s north end post office after him. As Black History Month 2023 draws to a close, it is an honor for the Town of Hilton Head Island to bring light to this monumental recognition and send thanks to everyone who made it possible.
In December 2022, Congress quietly passed a bill renaming the Fairfield Post Office, the original name of the building, as the Caesar H. Wright Jr. Post Office Building. Wright, who passed away in 2019, served as the first black postman on the Island and inspired other local African Americans to pursue careers with the U.S. Postal Service. He joined the postal service in 1968, serving one of two existing routes on the Island during that time. He delivered mail for 29 years before retiring.
"Wright's career goes back to a day when mail carriers knew everyone on the Island, their comings and goings, their heartaches, and their habits. His customers adored him and would frequently call on him at home," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace in announcing the passing of the bill to rename the post office. "The naming of this post office represents the Gullah roots of the community, the history in the community, and Caesar Wright’s lifelong service to his Nation and to his community."
Carolyn Grant, Communications Director
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