Milford's first Black female postmaster delivers inspiring message during Black History Month

Milford's first Black female postmaster says her family who is originally from Mississippi, moved to Bridgeport when she was very young in search of a better life.

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2023, 5:38 PM

Updated 453 days ago


Jeanette Sherrod was named Milford's postmaster a few years ago. She's the first African American to hold the position in the city.
She wasn't banking on a career in the Postal Service after she left People's Bank, but she has certainly delivered.
"I grew up in Bridgeport in the projects. We moved on, we moved on from there and I have achieved so much. I've strived," Sherrod says.
Sherrod's family is from Mississippi but came to Bridgeport when she was very young for a better life.
She says she has had to work a little harder because of her African American heritage. Sherrod says she lives Black History Month every day of the year.
"Reach for that goal - and once you grab hold of it, pull it in," Sherrod says.
Sherrod is now responsible for 3,000 to 6,000 parcels of mail a day.
She says she's learned in life that when one door closes, another one opens.
"Sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone, you know, if you're really going to get where you want to go," Sherrod says.
She says her inspiration and biggest supporter over the last 18 years has been her husband. He's always giving her his stamp of approval.
"He always says to me, 'Honey, I'm right there with you. I'll be in the background cheering you on,'" Sherrod says.
Sherrod has a message for anyone who says they can't.
"You can achieve anything if you just believe. You know, you can be anything, " Sherrod says.

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