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Shelton, Dorothy Jean Rice Crutcher

(born: November 2, 1932  -  died: April 21, 2008) 

In 1981, Dorothy Crutcher Shelton became the first African American woman on the Morganfield (KY) City Council, having received the second highest number of votes in the May primary. She served on the council for 24 years.

Crutcher Boulevard in Morganfield was named in honor of Dorothy and her husband Norvel Crutcher, who had been the principal at Dunbar School.

Dorothy C. Shelton was born in Union County, KY, the daughter of Ray and Malinda Rice. She is buried in the Saint Ann Cemetery in Morganfield.

For more see "40 blacks serve on city councils in 35 Kentucky cities," in 1982 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Sixth Report by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 27.

Additional sources provided by Charles Crutcher, son of Dorothy and Norvel Crutcher: "Crutcher Boulevard ceremony honors longtime city council member, husband," Union County Advocate; and Glen Edward Taul, "A Closeup: Two women running for Morganfield City Coucil," Union County Advocate; and the photography attached to this entry by Glen Taul.  

Kentucky County & Region

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NKAA Source: Kentucky directory of black elected officials
NKAA Source: The Union County advocate (newspaper)

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