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James Crockett, who headed Baltimore Fire Board and sold real estate, dies

James Crockett, who headed Baltimore Fire Board and sold real estate, dies

James Crockett, a retired real estate salesman who was a pioneering African American Baltimore Fire Board president, died Monday at his sister’s home in Mondawmin. The Ashburton resident was 94.

His son, Brian Crockett, said his father died in his sleep. The death certificate lists natural causes.

“For us in the 1950s and 1960s, he was the symbol of the successful businessman,” said former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, the president of the University of Baltimore. “He was a strong supporter of progressive politics and was a leader in Douglass Memorial Community Church, where I first met Mr. Crockett when I was a child.”

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Crockett was the son of Frederick...

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