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

Hocker, George Melwood

(born: August 1, 1913  -  died: February 1, 1991) 

From Springfield, KY, George Melwood Hocker became the first African American jailer in Kentucky, elected in Washington County in 1973 and he served until 1983. He was the son of Flora Hungate and Will Hocker. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; National Roster of Black Elected Officials, 1980, published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Inc.; George Melwood Hocker, "In Kentucky," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/02/1991, Obituaries section, p. C13; and George M. Hocker listed in Deaths section of The Kentucky Advocate, 02/03/1991, p.2.

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