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Clemons, Dorothy C.

(born: 1953) The following information was submitted by U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class Chadwick Clemons.

Dorothy C. Clemons was the first African American mayor of Sharpsburg, KY. She served from 2007-2023. Clemons is the great-granddaughter of Lewis Clemons, who was a former slave. Lewis Clemons bought his freedom by enlisting into the Army on September 23, 1864. He fought in the Civil War (Battle of Saltville, Marion VA, December 17, 1864, 6th US Colored Cavalry, Camp Nelson, Kentucky). After Lewis left the Army in 1866, he moved to Sharpsburg, Kentucky, and this city is currently the home of his descendants. It was 131 years after Lewis Clemons moved to Sharpsburg, KY, that his descendant, Dorothy C. Clemons, become Mayor of the City. She was the first African American and the second female to become mayor of Sharpsburg. Both Dorothy C. Clemons and Anne Sleet were elected the first African American women mayors in Kentucky in 2007. 

Additional Information:
Lewis Clemons was a farmer who was born around 1847 in [Gestill?], Kentucky, according to his military record. He served in the Union Army two years and eight months, according to the 1890 Veterans Schedule. Lewis Clemons died in 1935 and is buried in Lincoln View Cemetery in Mt. Sterling, KY, according to his U.S. Headstone Application. All sources found in

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