The U.S. Postal Service's new post office in South-Central Los Angeles will be named for Leslie Nelson Shaw Sr., the city's first black postmaster, officials said.
The $151-million project under construction at Florence and Central avenues will house the largest single-story post office in the country. It is expected to be completed next February when mail processing now performed at Terminal Annex in downtown Los Angeles will be transferred there.
Shaw, the first black postmaster of a major U.S. city, was Los Angeles postmaster from 1963 to 1969. After leaving the postal service, Shaw spent 16 years as vice president and director of community affairs for Great Western Financial Corp. He died in 1985.