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

McCoo, Edward Jordan (the first)

(born: 1882  -  died: 1930) 

Edward Jordan McCoo, who was a minister at the AME Church in Newport, KY, is recognized for writing, publishing, and producing the play Ethiopia at the Bar of Justice. The play, first performed at the General Conference of the AME Church in Louisville, KY, May 1924, would gain popularity and become a must-see during Negro History Week. The 24-page play was published in Memphis.

McCoo was born in Alabama, the son of William and Elizabeth McCoo, and died of tuberculosis in Newport, KY; he is buried in Cincinnati, OH, according to his death certificate. He was married to Jennie McCoo; the couple lived at 210 W. 7th Street in Newport. McCoo and his first wife, Lillian (b. 1884 in IL), and their two children had lived in Springfield and Chicago, IL, prior to his move to Kentucky some time after 1920.

For more see "[Edwin] McCoo" on p. xxxiv in Plays and Pageants from the Life of the Negro, by W. Richardson.

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