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

Young, John Henry

(born: 1902  -  died: 1990) John Henry Young was a dentist in Hopkinsville, KY. He was thought to have been the first African American dentist in the city, but Dr. Manson A. Melton was there earlier. According to his nephew Luke Langford, who submitted this entry, Dr. John Henry Young was a graduate of Fisk University and Meharry Medical College. His nephew also shared that Dr. Young had extracted his patients' teeth from a truck bed in Princeton, KY, and in Hopkinsville, KY, in the 1930s. According to his uncle's WWII Draft Registration Card, John Henry Young was born in 1902 in Middleton, KY [source: Ancestry]. His dental office was located at 910 First Street in Hopkinsville. John Henry Young died September 24, 1990, and he is buried in Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Hopkinsville [Source: Find A Grave]. John Henry Young was the husband Belle Hollins Young.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Christian County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Simpson County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Caldwell County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Hopkinsville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Middleton, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Princeton, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Melton, Manson Arthur, Sr.

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Young, John Henry,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 30, 2023,

Last modified: 2020-03-27 00:57:43