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Eugenia "Jean" Murrell Capers, a native of Georgetown, Kentucky, was the first African American assistant police prosecutor in Cleveland, Ohio, and first African American city council person of any major U. S. city.

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“The University of Kentucky is proud to take part in the upcoming publication of the 'The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.' The encyclopedia will capture the rich history and culture of Kentucky's African American population and the powerful impact they have made on the Commonwealth. We could not be more thrilled that Dr. Gerald Smith is working on this wonderful publication. Dr. Smith is undoubtedly a leading historian in the field.”

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Left: Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson and son taken by Marvin and Morgan Smith in 1948; Right: Marvin and Morgan Smith were nationally famous photographers from Nicholasville


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  • Georgetown College
  • Andrew Baskin
  • Berea College
  • Jackie Burnside
  • Berea College
  • Anne S. Butler
  • Kentucky State University
  • David Cooper
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  • A.G. Dunston
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  • Catherine Fosl
  • University of Louisville
  • J. Blaine Hudson
  • University of Louisville
  • Eric Jackson
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  • Mike R. Jones
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • James C. Klotter
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  • Tracy E. K'Meyer
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  • Annazette McCane
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  • Patricia Pearson
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  • Clarenda Phillips
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  • Stephanie Shaw
  • The Ohio State University
  • Cynthia Lynn Shelton
  • Kentucky State University
  • Paul Tenkotte
  • Thomas More College
  • William H. Turner
  • University of Kentucky
  • James Wallace
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Doris Wilkinson
  • University of Kentucky
  • George C. Wright
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