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

Stoner, Fred T., Sr.

(born: 1908  -  died: 1981) In 1960, Fred T. Stoner, Sr. was the first African American to be named to the Kentucky Boxing Commission. Stoner was a boxing trainer in Louisville, KY for Cassius M. Clay [Muhammad Ali], Rudell Stitch, and other lesser-known boxers.

In addition to being a trainer, Stoner was a barber, according to his listing in the 1939-40 Caron's Louisville (Kentucky) City Directory.

Stoner died in Jeffersonville, IN, on November 1, 1981  and is buried in Louisville Cemetery [source: Indiana Death Certificate #81-046956].

For more see "Another first," Los Angeles Sentinel, 3/03/1960, p. C6; "Kentucky Boxing Commission selects first Negro," Jet, 3/17/1960; and "Fred T. Stoner, obituary, in The Des Moines Register, 11/30/1981, p. 11.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Ali, Muhammad [Cassius Clay]
NKAA Entry: Stitch, Rudell
NKAA Source: Caron's Louisville (Kentucky) city directory (annual)
NKAA Source: Los Angeles sentinel (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)

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