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

Stone, Lee Owen

(born: 1903  -  died: 1977) 

Lee Owen Stone was born in Lexington, KY, the son of Walter and Lillace Peasons Stone. He was a 1936 graduate of Bishop Payne Divinity [merged with Virginia Theological Seminary in 1949], and a 1944 graduate of Lewis and Clark College.

Stone taught at the Kentucky House of Reform before leaving Kentucky for Portland, OR, where he spent the rest of his career as Vicar of St. Philips Episcopal Church. Stone was a leader of the Portland African American community; in 1942 he called for Union Reform during World War II. He was a board member of the Portland Urban League, the Portland Council of Social Agencies, and the Portland U.S.O. The Lee Owen Stone Cooperative Preschool was named in his honor.  Stone is buried in the Rose City Cemetery in Portland.

For more see "Lee Owen Stone" in Biographical Directory of Negro Ministers, by E. L. Williams; "Biography-Rev. Lee Owen Stone," Vertical File, Oregon Historical Society Research Library; "Church-Episcopal-Portland-St. Phillip the Deacon," Vertical File, Oregon Historical Society Research Library; and Lee Owen Stone's obituary in The Oregonian, 3/11/1977, p. A13.

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NKAA Source: Biographical directory of Negro ministers
NKAA Source: The Oregonian (newspaper)

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