From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)
Melton, Manson Arthur, Sr.
(born: 1882 - died: 1952) Manson A. Melton, Sr. is a forgotten African American dentist who practiced in Hopkinsville, KY. He was born in 1882 in Sumter, SC, and he was a 1903 graduate of the HBCU Biddle University (now Johnson C. Smith University) in Charlotte, NC [sources: Manson's WWII Draft Registration Card in Ancestry; and the 35th Annual Session of Biddle University 1903-1904]. Dr. Manson A. Melton had practiced dentistry in Hopkinsville, KY, since his arrival in 1912. His office was located at 518 N. Liberty [source: p.198 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1912-13-14]. He was the first, or one of the first African American dentists in Hopkinsville, and was practicing long before Dr. John Henry Young. Dr. Manson A. Melton was one of the earliest African American, college trained dentists in Kentucky. He died at Brooks Memorial Hospital on February 1, 1952. He is buried in Cane Springs Cemetery in Hopkinsville. Dr. Melton had been in Hopkinsville for 40 years, according to his Kentucky Death Certificate, file no.116 52 1992, Registrar's no.84 [source: Ancestry]. Prior to his death and while a hospital patient, Dr. Melton was attended by Dr. Phillip C. Brooks. Dr. Melton and his wife Julia R. Ferguson were the parents of Sarah J. Melton. Their daughter was the wife of Garland H. Brooks, Sr. and the sister-in-law to Dr. Phillip C. Brooks.