ABOVE: May 5, 1968 photo of Orlando Police Chief Robert J. Chewning installed at Orlando Moose Lodge No. 766 with a grand welcome from Orlando Moose Lodge Governor Tony Lash.
Courtesy of the Harry Bower Kiwanis Club Archives.
Robert Chewning was appointed Police Chief for the City of Orlando in 1967 by Mayor Carl Langford.
As chief, Chewning promoted the first black police lieutenant and allowed black police officers to patrol outside black neighborhoods.
Robert Joseph Chewning was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 22, 1923 and passed away on November 9, 2006. View the beautiful tribute replete with many photographs created for his memorial service.
The son of an iron worker who helped build bridges across the United States, Robert Joseph Chewning also built bridges - ones of community spirit and public trust through his chosen career on the Orlando Police Department... Read more in A Legacy Unveiled from A Memorial Service of Praise and Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Life of Robert Joseph Chewning, October 22, 1923 - November 8, 2006.