Smith, John W., Jr.(born: November 13, 1929 - died: March 25, 2013)
John W. Smith Jr. was the first African American elected to the Henry County, KY, Board of Education. He was also the first African American president of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), 1997-1999. John W. Smith, Jr. served 14 years in various capacities with the KSBA. The Henry County High School auditorium was named in his honor. John W. Smith, Jr. was with the Henry County Board of Education for 34 years. He resigned in 2010 due to illness and died in 2013. John W. Smith, Jr. was a graduate of Lincoln Institute and Sullivan College. He had also served for 40 years with the New Castle Volunteer Fire Department and he was a vetern of the U.S. Army. He was the son of Elizabeth Jenkins and John W. Smith, Sr. John W. Smith, Jr. is buried in the New Castle GUOOF Cemetery. For more see "17 blacks are local school board members," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 25; and see "In Memory of John W. Smith, Jr." in the KSBA eNews Service, March 26, 2013.