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Dearing, J. Earl

(born: 1921  -  died: 1969) 

J. Earl Dearing was the first African American to be appointed deputy clerk of the police court in Jefferson County. He later won the primary for a circuit court judgeship but died before the general election. He advocated outlawing segregation in public accommodations after he and his son were not allowed to view Bambi at a movie theater. For more see The Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. by J. E. Kleber.


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NKAA Source: Bambi (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville

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“Dearing, J. Earl,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 28, 2021,

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