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Adams, Herbert Lewis

(born: March 25, 1914  -  died: July 2, 1996) In 1973, Herbert L. Adams, a master plumber, was the first African American elected to office in Lancaster and Garrard County, KY. He was born in Lancaster, the son of George Will and Mary Ann Cunningham Adams. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

For more see "Mayor, 45 councilmen are black city officials," in the 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report, by the Commission on Human Rights, pp. 14-15; "Herbert L. Adams" in Kentucky Obituaries, Danville Advocate-Messenger, 13 May 1996 through 31 December 1996 [online .pdf]; and "Obituaries: Herbert L. Adams," The Advocate-Messenger, 7/2/1996, p. 2.

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