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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Abraham Bolden  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1935 in East St. Louis, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Abraham Bolden graduated cum laude from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, with a B.A. in music composition. He worked as an Illinois State Trooper for four years. Due to his impeccable record, President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him to the United States Secret Service. He was a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1960-1964. He worked in the field of quality-control supervision. He earned two commendations as a Secret Service agent for cracking counterfeiting rings.Bolden now lives in Chicago and is retired after working for thirty years in the field of quality-control supervision.


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Titles At Your Library

The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK
ISBN: 0307382028

Broadway Books. 2009

A gripping and unforgettable true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred.

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true–and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America.

But the dream quickly turned sour. Bolden found himself regularly subjected to open hostility and blatant racism, and he was appalled by the White House team’s irresponsible approach to security. In the wake of JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose the agency’s negligence, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy. The Echo from Dealey Plaza is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice.


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