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

Williams, George Thomas

(born: 1924  -  died: 2018) 

George T. Williams was born in Taylor County, KY and he would become a trailblazer in Campbellsville, KY. He was the first African American to own a business; he had worked at a gas station until the owner died in 1957, and Williams became the new owner. George T. Williams was the first African American owner/operator of a Greyhound Bus Station in the 1960s; the facility was located in Campbellsville, KY. He was also the first to serve as a police officer in the 1970s. In 1985, he was elected the county jailer which made him the first African American to hold office in Taylor County [source: "Kentucky's only black sheriff in Christian County," in 1988 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Seventh Report, by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 17]. George T. Williams also was the delivery driver for the News-Journal newspaper for 32 years. His biography is included with his death notice written by Josh Claywell, "Trailblazing African American Williams passes away at 94," News-Journal, 03/28/2018. George T. Williams was the son of Mary E. Thompson and John E. Williams.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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