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

Hall, Alfred Lawrence

(born: May 25, 1893  -  died: Aug. 12, 1964) 

Alfred L. Hall, born in Jellico, KY, lived in Seattle, WA beginning in 1899. A graduate of Broadway High School in Seattle, he was the first African American to play on the school's football team. Hall appeared to be 5 feet tall or less. 

Hall served during World War I at Camp Hancock, GA in 1918. (See a picture of him in his Army uniform in 1918.) After the war, he was employed by the Buffalo Hosiery Company in Seattle and was later a clerk in the King County Assessor's Office. (Information about Al Hall comes from the University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections.)

Alfred Hall was the son of Abram Howard Hall and Elizabeth Ellen Hall [source: 1910 U.S. Census]. Abram Hall, from North Carolina, worked at the Grain Express.

For more on Alfred Hall, see photos and other information at the Find-a-Grave website.

[Jellico, KY is adjoined across the state line with Jellico, TN. Jellico, KY was a coal-mining town; today it is an unincorporated community. In 1889, bills went before the Kentucky Senate for the incorporation of several Jellico Railroad companies, including Jellico, KY and Lexington, KY Railroad; the Jellico, Beattyville, and Ashland Railroad Company; Jellico and Munsfordville Railroad; and Jellico and Cumberland Gap Railroad. [Source: Journal of the Regular Session of the Senate, December 1889. Residents from Jellico, KY are included in the U.S. Census as early as 1860. African Americans living in Jellico, KY are enumberated in the U.S. Census records starting in 1900.]

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