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

Walker, Prather

(born: 1909  -  died: 1977) 

Prather Walker was one of the first two African American police officers in Lexington, KY, and is thought to be the first in the South to retire from active duty with a pension. He was a sergeant when he retired from the force in 1964, having served 27 years and nine months.

Walker became a magistrate of Fayette County, KY, in 1965.

For more see "Prather Walker to retire from city police service," Lexington Herald, 1/02/1964, p. 6 [photo with article]; photo of Walker with others in police department on p. 31 of Lexington, Kentucky by G. Smith; The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Fayette County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Lexington, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Smith, Gerald L.
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: The Lexington herald (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington, Kentucky
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

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“Walker, Prather,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 27, 2023,

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