Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This home located at 501 West Green Street was the residence of Levi Spaulding, Ithaca’s first African American policeman. He served from 1919 until 1930. He died in the line of duty in 1930 after apprehending a murder suspect near the former location of the Ithaca Police Station. Officer Spaulding also operated a barbershop while his wife, Ora, operated a hair salon at the Cayuga House. Spaulding also managed the Arion Orchestra on State Street. He and Ora originally bought a home on Cleveland Avenue and later moved to the current location; a home Ora Spaulding referred to as "the homestead."
In November 2016, The Ithaca Police Department and the Badge of Honor Association commemorated Officer Spaulding's service and life with the dedication of a plaque in his honor. It was placed where he passed away, near the East Seneca Street parking garage. For more information about Officer Spaulding and the context of African American life in Ithaca during his lifetime, click here.
This point of interest is part of the tour: The Southside Loop