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

Smithtown (Lexington, KY)

The community, developed by African Americans at the end of the Civil War, is bordered by North Broadway, West Fourth, Jefferson, and West Sixth Streets. John Shelby, former Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach, grew up in Smithtown. For more see J. Kellogg, "The Formation of Black Residential Areas in Lexington, Kentucky, 1865-1887," The Journal of Southern History, vol. 48, issue 1 (Feb. 1982), pp. 21-52.


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NKAA Entry: Shelby, John T., Jr. "T-Bone"
NKAA Source: The Journal of southern history (periodical)

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