No. 22011 Edward O. Gourdin
The intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Regis Road was designated a Hero Square from Edward O. Gourdin.
Lieut. Col. Edward W. Gourdin was executive officer of the 372d Infantry, a Boston guard unit. In private life, he was a broad jumper at Harvard and broke the world’s record. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1924 and was admitted to the bar the following year. From 1936 to 1951, he served as Assistant United States Attorney in Boston and was the first person of color to become a Judge in Massachusetts when he was appointed to the Roxbury District Court. He later became the first to become a Judge of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Judge Gourdin lived at 68 Waumbeck Street, Roxbury.