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Cross, William R.
Birth Year : 1913
Death Year : 1997
Born in Bardstown, KY, William R. Cross became the city's first African American school board member in 1960, and in 1971, he became the vice-chairman of the Bardstown Board of Education. William R. Cross was the son of Alexander "Thomas" Cross and Sally Duncan Cross. He was the husband of Evelyn L. Cross. William R. Cross was employed at the Early Times Distillery and the J. T. S. Distillery. For more see "36 city officials include mayor, police court judge," in Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials , by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 16.
Read the transcript and listen to the William R. Cross oral history interview by Dixie Hibbs, 09/27/1988, at the Kentucky Historical Society website.
Subjects: First City Employees & Officials (1960s Civil Rights Campaign), Board of Education
Geographic Region: Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky