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

Griffin, James Crafton, Jr.

(born: June 17, 1933  -  died: July 15, 1994) 

From Paris, KY, James C. Griffin Jr. became the first African American policeman in Frankfort, KY in 1961. He had trained at a police school in Lexington, KY. The son of James C. Griffin Sr. and Laurena Fields Griffin Rankin, he was a graduate of Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] and served in Korea with the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956.

James C. Griffin Jr. died in Cincinnati, OH in 1994 and is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery in Ohio. He lived in Kenton County, KY and had retired from police work. He was employed as a supervisor with a trucking service, according to his death record in Ancestry.

For more see U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File (Ancestry); James Griffin in "Frankfort Director of Finance resigns, The Lexington Herald, 12/29/1961, p. 13; "Obituaries," The Kentucky Post, 7/23/1994, News section, p.  8A; and James C. Griffin Jr. at Find A Grave.

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NKAA Source: State journal (Frankfort, KY) (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Lexington herald (newspaper)

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