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

Negro Jury in Louisville, KY

In 1872, a Negro jury was summoned in Louisville, KY, by the coroner for the case involving the stabbing death of John Wagner. Both men were African American. John Wagner died May 29, 1872 at the Marine Hospital in Louisville. William Reynolds was found guilty of stabbing Wagner on the steamer Robert Burns in May of 1872. The jury is thought to be the first Negro jury in Kentucky. This information comes from the article "The First Negro jury in Kentucky," New York Times, 06/21/1872, p. 1.

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NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)

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