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Mason, Luther Roscoe

(born: February 21, 1927) 

Born in Scott County, KY Feb. 21, 1927 to Remus and Martha Sykes Mason, Luther Mason was the first African American elected to the Scott County Board of Education, in 1976. He was re-elected in 1980, serving as a board member for 14 years before resigning to run for the city commission unsuccessfully. His wife Ann Mason completed Luther Mason's last term on the Scott County Board of Education and was re-elected the following year.

Luther Mason was the first African American on the State School Board of Directors. He ran unsuccessfully for the Scott County Board of Education in 2008 and 2012.

Mason described himself as a farmer and sharecropper in his 1992 oral history interview. He started working at the Trane factory in 1963, farming part-time raising cattle and tobacco. He also worked in the factory for 27 years. He was on the [Gov.] Patton's Commission on Family Farms, to which he was reappointed in 2000.

Mason was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He died  8/27/2021 and is buried in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.

For more see "16 black school members serving in Kentucky," in 1982 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Sixth Report, by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 33; "Patton appoints two to farm commission," The Courier-Journal, 9/14/2000, p. 5; and his obituary at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home website.

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