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

Carpenters (Louisville, KY)

In 1897, author W. H. Gibson, Sr. mentions the following African American carpenters in Louisville, KY: John Evans, Berry Evans, Jesse Merriwether, Willis Talbot, and John Jordan. These were only a few of the African American carpenters in the city; within the 1900 U.S. Census, approximately 100 African American carpenters are listed as  Louisville residents. The city of Louisville had over 2,000 carpenters (of all races) in the year 1900.

For more see The History of the United Brothers of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, by W. H. Gibson, Sr.

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“Carpenters (Louisville, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 24, 2024,

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