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Flippin, J. C.

(born: January 26, 1933  -  died: August 21, 1991) 

Born in Franklin, KY, J. C. Flippin was the first African American councilman elected to office, in 1977, in Franklin. (Prior African American members were appointed, not elected.) The following year, Flippin was the council representative on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was re-elected in 1979 and lost his re-election bid in 1981. In 1975, Flippin had been elected chair of the Simpson County Community Action Council. He and David Webb were coaches for the Legion Little League team.

J. C. Flippin had served in Korea and earned a sharpshooter's medal. Flippin was the son of M. C. and Rebecca Harris Flippin and the husband of Frances H. Flippin.

For more see "Mayor, 45 councilmen are black city officials," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report, by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 17; "City Council turns down two requests for zoning," The Franklin Favorite, 1/26/1978, p. 8; "Food, energy, crisis funds ...," The Franklin Favorite, 11/13/1975, p. 8; "Little League announces coaches, players, schedule," The Franklin Favorite, 4/13/1978, p. 4; "; and J C Flippin (1933-1991) at

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