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

Negro Boy Scouts

On July 31, 1916, the first official Boy Scouts Council-promoted Negro Troop was formed: Troop 75 in Louisville, KY. It was not the first troop of Negro Boy Scouts; five years earlier, in 1911, the first Negro Boy Scouts Troop was established in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. By the late 1920s, there were over 200 all-Black troops, with more than 500 Scouts in Louisville. For more see Historical Boys' Uniforms, United States Boy Scout Uniforms: 1920s, by Christopher Wagner; and The History of the Boy Scouts of America, by W. D. Murray.


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NKAA Source: The History of the Boy Scouts of America

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“Negro Boy Scouts,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 16, 2021,

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