R. M. Broom, Alton C. Parker Foundation
Detective Alton C. Parker, O. C. "Uncle Al", 1987
Bronze, 126 x 90 x 90 centimetres
Bronze plaque inscription:
Detective Alton C. Parker, O. C. "Uncle Al"
Alton. C. Parker was a member of the Windsor Police Department for 28 years. He distinguished himself throughout his career. He became Canada's first African-Canadian detective in 1953. He received numerous awards in his lifetime, including the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and The Order of Canada.
Each year for 19 years, Al and his wife Evelyn held a party for the neighborhood children in this park that bears his name. They paid for these parties themselves. Al did this because he loved children and believed he was blessed by god. He felt that he should give back to his community.
This statue is dedicated to the memory of Alton C. Parker, a gallant, Christian, gentleman. By the Alton C. Parker Foundation
“A lot of people talk about doing something for these kids. I don’t want to just talk. I want to do it.” –Alton C. Parker