Reuben M. Greenberg Municipal Building

180-B Lockwood Boulevard
This portion of the Charleston’s Police Department is named after Reuben Greenberg (1943–2014), the city’s renowned Jewish African-American police chief, who served from 1982 to 2005. Born in Texas and raised as a Methodist, Greenberg converted to Judaism, the religion of his Ukranian paternal grandfather, in 1965. As chief of police, he acted as a change agent, ratcheting up the department’s professionalism, while decreasing crime. Not without controversy, Greenberg gained national attention and publicity, including a 1983 Los Angeles Times story titled, “A Black, Jewish, Roller-Skating Cop Brings A New Way to Fight Crime to the Old South.” Greenberg was a member of Synagogue Emanu-El.

Reuben M. Greenberg Municipal Building, 2020

Reuben M. Greenberg Municipal Building, 2020

Photo by Jack Alterman.
Chief Reuben Greenberg in his office, 2000

Chief Reuben Greenberg in his office, 2000

Charleston police headquarters. Photo by Bill Aron.
Reuben Greenberg at Synagogue Emanu-El, 2000

Reuben Greenberg at Synagogue Emanu-El, 2000

Photo by Bill Aron.
Reuben Greenberg, Civil War reenactor, 2000

Reuben Greenberg, Civil War reenactor, 2000

In the uniform of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, Co. I, on the South Battery. Photo by Bill Aron.