Former Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson hailed as trailblazer

History will remember Frank Anderson as a number of things — the first Black Sheriff of Marion County, a U.S. Marshal and the first Black Deputy Sheriff to patrol the Indianapolis streets.  

To Henry Hull, he was dad.  

“My dad was incredible in so many ways,” Hull said from the pulpit of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.   

Hull on Wednesday shared his favorite characteristics of his dad surrounded by dozens of family members and law enforcement officers.  

Three roses are placed by Minister Dennis Johnson atop the casket of Frank J. Anderson, a former U.S. marshal and first Black law enforcement officer elected Marion County sheriff, during a funeral ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Anderson, 83, died April 30. His friends, family and former colleagues recalled memories of him during his funeral at the gothic cathedral. In sharing their stories, they painted a picture of a multi-faceted public servant. 

Anderson was born as a “country boy,” as his son described, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he came to Indianapolis to join the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 1961. He became the first Black deputy in the Road Patrol division.  

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