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

Irvine, Bobby Lee

(born: December 25, 1935) 

Born in Spencer County, KY, Bobby Lee Irvine was the first African American mayor of Taylorsville, KY, elected in 1980. He received the highest number of votes for the non-partisan councilmen positions.

For more see "Three Kentucky cities have black mayors," in 1982 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, 6th Report by Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 20.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Spencer County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Taylorsville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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