George and the late Marion Phelps are being recognized Wednesday when officials rename Middle Street in the Parole neighborhood of Annapolis for them at a 4 p.m. ceremony.

George Phelps was the first African-American sheriff's deputy in Anne Arundel County. He deputized 200 special deputy sheriffs, all African-American, Annapolis officials said. In 1963, he was asked to provide technical assistance and material support for the security contingent at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, led by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The city earlier honored him for a longtime commitment to Annapolis' cultural heritage.

Officials said that from his back door, George Phelps will be able to see the street sign honoring him and his wife of 50 years.

Marion Phelps, who died in 2010, was an Equal Opportunity officer at the Naval Academy, served on the Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission, city officials said.

The couple provided the "funds that established the first Opportunities Industrialization Center for Anne Arundel County" in Annapolis, which is the longest-operating job training program in the city, officials said.

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