From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Perkins, James (policeman)

(born: 1925  -  died: 1984) 

James Perkins was born in Woodford County, KY, the son of Bertie and Willie Perkins, Sr. He was a graduate of old Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY, and Western Kentucky Industrial College [now West Kentucky Community and Technical College]. Perkins was the first African American sergeant, lieutenant, and captain with the Lexington Police Department. Perkins joined the force in 1952 and retired in 1984. For more see J. Hewlett, "Former policeman James Perkins dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 07/12/1984, Obituaries section, p. B7. See his photo at the Lexington History Museum - In Black and White Photographic Collection. See also James Perkins in the Blacks in Lexington Oral History Projects, 1900-1989 at Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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