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Peters, Percy R., "P. R."

(born: 1865  -  died: November 19, 1933) 

P. R. Peters was a prominent citizen in the African American community in Louisville, KY. He was editor and publisher of the Columbian Herald, a weekly newspaper in Louisville, KY, with offices at 1104 Green Street. He was also editor of the Columbian newspaper [also know as the Louisville Columbian]. He had been a physician until his license was revoked in 1916 for charges of unlawfully prescribing cocaine, morphine, and opium; there was a new movement throughout the U.S. to stop the illegal distribution of habit-forming drugs. Dr. Peters was also fined $250. Around 1908, Dr. Peters served as a school medical inspector and a neighborhood sanitation inspector, both for African Americans in Louisville. He was second vice president of the National Negro Press Association in 1910 [source: "The Louisville Columbian...," Freeman, 04/30/1910, p.2]. Percy R. Peters was born in Mississippi and he was the husband of Priscilla Peters (b.1873 in MS), the couple was married in 1893 according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Dr. Peters would regain his physician's license and he is listed as a general practitioner in the 1930 Census when the family of four was living on Jefferson Street in Louisville. Dr. Percy R. Peters died November 19, 1933 [source: KY Death Certificate #26359].

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1927; the Dr. P. R. Peters entry in the Kentucky Medical Journal, vol. 14 (January 1916-December 1916), p. 93 [available full-text at Google Book Search]; and p. 11 of the Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of Kentucky, 1906-1907 [available full-text at Google Book Search].

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