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Bailey, Doris Mary

(born: 1940  -  died: 2015) 

In 1973, Doris M. Bailey was the first African American and first woman to be hired by the city of Columbia, KY. Bailey was a meter maid with the police department. She also enjoyed sports, playing in intramural leagues where she excelled at pitching and playing second base in women's softball. Doris Bailey was born in Columbia, KY, on May 26, 1940, she was the daughter of George Ray and Lenora Bailey. She was the youngest of their six children, and the longest surviving sibling. Doris Mary Baily died in early April of 2015 in Springfield, TN.  For more see Human Rights News, July 1973, p. [2]. See online articles "Doris Bailey likes her job" at (published in the Green River Sprite, 09/11/1974); and Doris Mary Bailey (1940-2015) online obituary at (published in Robertson County Times, 04/08/2015).


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